This group and everyone's efforts in the group have inspired so many others. Today I was inspired and reminded of how one person can change the course of the world.
Life is precious. I'm sure everyone in this group is aware of that. But another thing to remember (fudging Marianne Williamson's words) is that we are powerful beyond measure.
Too many of us watch the news and feel helpless about what is going on in the world. My friend, Barak Raviv, felt that way too… at first. But recently after watching more footage of bombings in Israel, he picked up the phone. After donating a substantial sum of his own money, he raised $100,000 to build and stock a brand new intensive-care ambulance for "Magen David Adom" (the Red Cross of Israel). Today was the dedication ceremony. His hope was that by seeing the ambulance, manifested by "a little chutzpah and a lot of initiative" (Barak's words), others may be inspired to make a difference and
There is an old Jewish saying: If you save one life, you have saved the world.
If that is true then this ambulance will be saving the world, one life at a time.
A reminder that we are not helpless and that life is whatever you choose to manifest.
P.S. I return to City of Hope tomorrow for a follow-up visit. And we're going to get to the bottom of this icky pain thing. I PROBABLY have the infamous shingles but we'll find out for sure tomorrow. Percoset is my new favorite drug.