Heartbreak… Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Maybe you were dumped, diagnosed with a life threatening illness, suffered loss, financial downturn, or simply gave in to fear. It’s that moment when you feel completely numb, isolated and alone, desperate for something or someone to give you faith. My own heartbreak and battle with heart disease led me to create Voices To Share… Healing Hearts One Voice at a Time. Together we'll banish self-pity, and invite prosperity in all matters of the heart. As a Heart Coach, I will share: inspirational stories that will give you courage, tips to shift your fears into love, recipes and products to live a heart healthy life.
The minute I met Ginger I was intrigued. She has such a zest for life, and I'm always excited to hear about her latest adventure. She recently returned from a trip to Cambodia where she met children infected with HIV and AIDS. I'm honored to share Ginger's voice.
Cambodia Gives New Perspective on Taking Risks
By Ginger B.
As the doctor told us these stories on our drive towards the outskirts of town, it became clear that these children had seen the darkest moments of the world: loss, physical pain, and shattered dreams. They had lost parents, felt the painful repercussions of HIV-related illnesses, and had an uncertain future dependent on medical advances and their access to them. On top of this, they lived in poverty. I expected a very glum situation.
As we drove back down the little dirt road, I felt privileged to be able to peek into this world. To see joy in people’s eyes firsthand, due to nothing except that for today, things were okay. Today they had some food, today they had health under control, and today they were surrounded by loved ones. That was all that was needed. What I realized is it takes very little to live, and the chance to be happy does not suffer as long a person has food, good health, and have a community to feel connected to.
So what does this have to do with risk? Many people, including myself, hold back from doing things because of the fear of losing something. Fear of losing time, money, or face to others and even yourself. What if this doesn’t work? What if it’s a waste of time? What will they think if it’s a total failure? Who am I to think I can do this? It can be paralyzing.
But, to look into a world and see somebody who has lost everything, and still see joy, the world still turning, hope and love still swirling around, then why NOT take a risk? There is nothing to fear, the best humanity has to offer is still there even at what most westerners would consider the “bottom.” The only difference is lack of material things, but this rare experience showed that our stuff isn’t the stuff that joy is made of.
T.S. Eliot wrote, “…And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Those children in Cambodia gave me something to walk away with that would change me forever, by showing me my own world in a new way.
This year, I will take more risks.To make a donation to Friends Without a Border, providing funding and program support to the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, please visit http://www.fwab.org/.
Today is Blog your Heart Out day, from the Go Red For Women movement of the American Heart Association. I've been open about my battle with heart failure starting at the age of 25, and how the disease has affected my life; writing about What Happens When you Get the News?, Grateful for Diagnosis and Heart Procedure One Month Before the Wedding. In fact, I started this blog as a way to inspire hope and share my tips on reduced stress living, especially for moms!
I'm happy to talk about my experience with Go Red For Women, and the importance of promoting awareness for heart disease. Immediately after I posted my story on Go Red For Women, I was contacted by a woman named Elissa. Elissa was also diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at a young age. She was looking for some type of a connection, and to know she wasn't alone. I live in Los Angeles, CA and she lives all the way in St. Paul, MN. Go Red for Women connected us. We immediately became friends, sharing our experiences with one another. Elissa and I are still battling heart failure, but together we are stronger.
Go Red for Women not only connects women who are scared and in search of support, but it also promotes awareness for the number one killer of women. Forward this to your friends and sign up for Go Red For Women. You never know when you can help save a life.
I sat with a snake charmer and his two snakes, including a cobra.
Looking back at my time spent in India, in some ways it feels like I never left and in other ways I was gone an entire lifetime. I learned invaluable lessons about myself, my family and most importantly, I caught a rare glimpse into a world I only read about in books and watched in movies. There were moments leading up to my trip where I contemplated staying home, hoping another opportunity like this would come my way. The timing didn't seem right. Even though my husband was supportive, how could I leave him and our children?
So many people are stuck in the waiting room. Passing time rather than living life. I saw more smiling faces in the slums of