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Be fabulous and don’t let any one thing ruin your life.”
~ Kylee Halko,

Awesome advice, don’t you think?  Especially when you consider it was offered by a seven-year-old who suffers with Progeria.


Kylee with her parents and Barbara Walters.

For those who might not know, Progeria is a rare, fatal genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children. Signs include growth failure, loss of body fat and hair, aged-looking skin, stiffness of joints, hip dislocation, generalized atherosclerosis, cardiovascular (heart) disease and stroke. Children with Progeria die of atherosclerosis (heart disease) at an average age of thirteen years.

Kylee’s life is certainly not what most of us would consider the optimal circumstances to be fabulous.  Most of us encounter far fewer obstacles and look forward to a much brighter future. Yet too often we are unable to muster the energy to be fabulous. Why is that?

How many times do we unnecessarily allow one failure, one disappointment, or one unexpected detour ruin our entire life?

Well, maybe not our entire life, but certainly affect things for far too long of a stretch. We moan and complain and exclaim to anyone who will listen how “Life’s Not Fair!”  Okay, I’ll give you that — life isn’t fair. So what?

Why do we let the negativity and stress and ugliness take control? Why do we feel compelled to become just another victim of random circumstances?

If you don’t like what you’ve been handed, why not recycle it into something else? You can if you want to — changing your present starts with changing your attitude.

How about just being fabulous regardless of the madness swirling around you?  Determine to rise above and be your very best self — in spite of what is being thrown your way, or what the future looks like, or what the doctors say. Why not embrace an attitude that is exceptionally good, marvelous, and superb? Laugh at your unfair life.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past . . . we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

And so it is with you . . . we are in charge of our attitudes.”
[Charles Swindoll].

Whatever life hands you, be fabulous in spite of it!


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Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house.

The real tests of courage are much quieter.

They are the inner tests,
like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking,
like enduring pain when the room is empty,
like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.
~Charles Swindoll

I’ve been thinking about this quality we call courage.

How, so many times, it is developed during those quiet times when we are alone. As we  think through the issues, ponder the facts, determine a course of action, and then implement those plans that support our dreams.

How courage is up to us, as individuals. To move forward, despite the fear and criticism that bombards our minds.

I was sitting in a café with a friend recently, enjoying a delightful conversation about our work (his life as a  cinematographer, mine as a writer) when a stranger interrupted our conversation.

This woman proceeded to tell us that she couldn’t help but overhear us. She was interested to know about our professions, asking us all sorts of questions. Then she proceeded to tell us that she had a wonderful idea for a children’s book but simply couldn’t move forward with it. “I don’t know why, perhaps it is a fear of failure,” she said.

Obviously, this woman wasn’t intimidated to approach two complete strangers and begin asking questions. But for some reason, when it came to moving her dream along, she was paralyzed.

My advice for this author would be to spend some time quietly developing the courage to live her dream. To work it out in her heart and mind, so she is able to create her own doors of opportunity and confidently walk through them.

Aesop said that it was easy to be brave from a distance. My response is,
“but who wants to live life from a distance?”

The real fun comes from taking a flying leap into your life, facing the risks and adventures head on, and enjoying the journey (both the good and the not-so-good parts).

Courage is not the absence of fear. “Courage is never letting your actions be influenced by your fears” [Arthur Koestler].

Whatever you are, be willing to act in spite of fear!


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