Archive for Inspiring Stories

Jan
02

Video: They Did It Anyway

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Un-Pursued Dreams

I sometimes hear about dreams that people had, that they didn’t pursue because they were told that “you can’t do that for a living.”  It may be starting a business, it may be music, or it may be sports broadcasting.  Please note that these are all things that people do actually do.  It is true that some fields are more competitive than others, but why not try your hand at it and see how well you can do?

The Nay-Sayer’s Good Intentions

The people (often parents) who say “you can’t do that” usually have good intentions.  They don’t want their child to fail.  They’re concerned about their child taking risks and ending up disappointed or in debt.  To this I say that life is full of risks, and as hard as it is to achieve a dream, the last thing an ambitious person needs is for someone to hold them back.  What they really need is guidance in how to face the challenges that their dream entails… support in getting the information they need to start them on their way, and encouragement along a challenging road.

Allowing Your Child Their Own Vision

Perhaps the nay-sayer has a different vision for their child’s future, and doesn’t understand their child’s passion for a specific dream.  To this I say that each person’s life is their own, and that expecting your child to fulfill your dreams or follow your plan is overly controlling.  One important job for parents is to help the child discover their own direction in life, their own talents, their own dreams, and how to pursue them.

Video

This video is a great example of two self-educated artist brothers who pursued their dream despite the messages they heard that “you can’t do that for a living.”  I don’t know where they heard these messages, and it may not have been from their parents.  But their story is nonetheless a great example of pursuing your dreams and interests.  I wish them continued joy in their art work, and hope that their story inspires you to pursue your ambitions and interests as far as you can take them, whether it is as a hobby or as a vocation.

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Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort. Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

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Jun
18

Ananda Shankar Jayant Fights Cancer with Dance

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Here is a powerful story about the power of mind to persevere through and “conquer” cancer.

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort. Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

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Apr
14

“Therapy helped my mind and my work”

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From BBC News:

Three years ago Mark Young was under severe pressure.

His father had been seriously ill, he and his wife were sleep deprived with two small children and he had a demanding job, which necessitated him making 500 cold-calls a week.

As the relentless pressure built the cracks started to show and Mark, 39, started having debilitating panic attacks. (continue reading about how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helped Mr. Young.

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort. Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

Categories : Stress and Anxiety
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Jun
27

Suicide Prevention Videos

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Chicagoans Walk for Suicide Prevention Tonight

Tonight is the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Chicago.  The event will start at 7pm with an opening ceremony that is free and open to the public, at Soldier Field.  Here are a few videos to help you understand this event and this cause.  For more about this event see my previous post.

Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Inspirational Video – 2009

Walking to Prevent Suicide

Suicide: What You Should Know

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park (60477); near Oak Forest, Orland Park, Mokena, and Frankfort.

Categories : Depression
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May
14

Sound of Music

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This video is a reminder not to forget to have fun every once in a while…  how about every day!  Music and dance are great ways to have fun, whether planned or spontaneous.  When’s the last time you sang or danced or played music?  How about while watching this video?

At first, it seems like a normal day at the train station.  Then a song from The Sound of Music starts playing on the loud speakers.  Suddenly more and more people start dancing, surprising all the passers-by with an unexpected and playful performance.

I know many of you have already seen this, but it doesn’t hurt to see it one more time, especially on a day when you’re feeling down or stressed.

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Jan
17

Inspiring Stories: HeeAh Lee

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This video about HeeAh Lee is an inspiration to anyone who has struggled to overcome their limitations.  It is truly amazing to see this young woman exceed all expectations by playing the piano at a level I could never have expected of someone with only two fingers on each hand.

It is a testament to the power of the human spirit, and to the powerful draw of beautiful music.  There are many videos of HeeAh Lee on YouTube, and I can’t help but notice her positive attitude and big smile in each of the ones I’ve watched.  Way to go HeeAh!  You are now one of my heroes. Click here to go to HeeAh’s website.

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