Posted in Daily Dose of Awesome

Imperfections

The people at SoulPancake have created this charming video that calls our need for perfection into question. Why scrutinize every freckle or flaw, and create paralysis by analysis? Gestures of love and generosity don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. If all you see is imperfection, you’re missing out on an amazing world. Watch this and realize how good it feels to be in love with how imperfect we all are.

Remember: “Something need not be perfect to be great. All it needs is heart.”

Awesome!

Posted in Daily Dose of Awesome

Refocusing your dreams

We may encounter moments in life when our dreams become out of reach. Andrew Lakeman, a jockey on the rise, had to put his passion on hold after his horse fell on him, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. But rather than leaving his passion behind him, he fought back to become a horse trainer and now serves as a strong example of resilience that all of us can learn from.

Awesome!

Posted in Daily Dose of Awesome

Superhero sketches

13600148_10154395601525086_4303389599917995957_n.jpg

One family is calling on people to help their 3-year-old feel like he’s flying high.

Ben Austin of Pennsylvania was recently diagnosed with a form of pediatric kidney cancer. The toddler has always been fascinated by superheroes so his family called on artists, doodlers and others through Facebook to send the boy sketches of superheroes.

His father, Jason Austin, told Today.com that the family hopes the#SuperheroesForBenny images can help empower the 3-year-old during this difficult time.

“We are just hoping this eases his transition into his new normal,” he said. “We hope that this reinforces the idea that he is just as strong, if not stronger, than any of the superheroes.”

According to a fundraising page for Ben, the boy has several tumors on his kidney and will be undergoing chemotherapy and surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The boy’s cousin Christie Conway came up with the idea of the callout and while Ben’s aunt Jonelle Kusminsky just shared it recently, hundreds of people have already helped spread the word across social media. A few people have even posted their interpretations of superheroes.

According to Today.com, the boy will be going through 12 weeks of chemotherapy, during which time he’ll be assessed to see how much of his kidney will need to be removed. But with the support of both friends and strangers, his family hopes he’ll know he’s not alone through the battle.

“I hope ― for as much as a 3 year old can grasp these things ― that when Ben receives these drawings, he feels supported and really embraced by a whole extended village he never knew he had.”

To send Ben a superhero sketch, you can mail the image to the address below:

Benjamin Austin
c/o The Malta Family
10 Wheatfield Lane
Mountaintop, PA 18707

To donate to the GoFundMe for Ben, check out the website here. 

Posted in Daily Dose of Awesome

Legos

We all need hobbies. After all, activities that take our minds off of our daily grind are crucial to our well-being. Nathan Sawaya felt he needed to find an after-work outlet from his job as a corporate lawyer, so he turned to an unlikely medium — Legos. When he started to share his Lego sculptures online, his passion quickly turned into something more. He started receiving commissions to create Lego art and eventually left his law practice behind entirely. In Nathan’s words, “You don’t have to find one career path. There are many ways to get to where you want to go, even if you don’t know where that is right now. You can always change what you are.”

Awesome!

Posted in Daily Dose of Awesome

Rescuing the stranded

When he was 16 years old, Thomas Weller drove his car into a ditch. A man came along and rescued him, asking only that Thomas pay it forward one day. Since that day 48 years ago, Thomas, a.k.a. “The San Diego Highwayman,” has been rescuing people stranded on the side of the road. Often people cry when they realize Thomas is simply there to help them. Thomas will hand them a card that says, “You don’t owe me a thing. I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do: don’t let the chain of love end with you.” His one desire? That the ripples spreading out from his acts of kindness will spread wide and help others in turn.

Awesome!

Posted in Daily Dose of Awesome

The person who changes the way you see yourself

Remember that one teacher who made a difference in your life? For these students in the Bronx, Ms. Dee Dee has been that person. More than just making a difference, she’s gone out of her way to open up their minds, stretch them, and really make them believe in themselves. To say thank you, her students planned a surprise awards ceremony that this incredible teacher never saw coming. See the tears of shock and joy when these grateful students speak their minds.