Why Power of WE? I wish to inspire you inspire others

A few minutes ago I received on my inbox a message  from my running partner and dear friend Magda, a story she wanted to share with me. And I want to share it with you.

I spoke to Magda  earlier on the phone and although me and her do not face the health issues Lowe  – an amazing young woman you will soon read about-  is confronted with ,  both myself and Magda are at some transitional points in our lives with major changes and very important decisions lying ahead. But again this is true almost for everyone out there. No? Small changes. Big changes.Some more, Some less. The question is: How do you deal with it?

Well, I think that Magda , Lowe and myself we have found a way : we all cope through running.

I have been hanging on to running as the medicine to the difficulties life brings my way. Even those ‘grey’ for me days when I think that I cannot run the distances  I plan,  I still go out and give it a try, not knowing where the strength will come from such a day.  Surprisingly enough,  it never fails to keep going!

I find solace through my running. My mind and my heart are at peace, it is only then that my mind enjoys a feeling of pure ’emptiness’ , it is only then that  everything else, absolutely everything,  is put aside, as if a higher power comes in and disarms my worriness about everything else. In a magical way even the most difficult of questions & problems find their answers after a run. Running has enriched my life in ways that I never thought before.

Setting a goal, working hard, fighting against the hardships that come along the way, persisting, and completing the distance to its last meter,  till the point of destination can be the greatest cure of all. Lowe’s story is proof.

Thank you Magda for sharing Lowe’s story with me.

                    Enjoy and remember to spend some time every day to do what makes you smile, feel happy and free!

(and when times seem hard and you just want to give up ,  just hang on , you will not regret it in the end)


                         Why Power of WE? I wish to inspire you inspire others


2012 is here..about a month has already gone by.. plenty of change lies ahead  for me, for you,  for people around the globe!

This year I wish everyone  health and optimism. I find  nowadays more and more  it gets harder for people to truly ‘believe’   ; many people  lack optimism in their life. Given the ongoing world crisis.. how easy is it to lack optimism? The world is changing, we are all changing. It is so easy to lose focus and to get carried away…I have always been asked ‘where do I find this smile  all the time”- my answer is simple ” I don’t think anyone wants to look at an unhappy face..I want to attract the positive energy and that can only happen if I become a happy positive channel where the energy will come to me and this is the kind of energy I want to pass on to others..If I am unhappy then the doors close and I attract the negativity. I definately do not want that. It is something that I have worked on for years  and still do. Is it easy? I don’t know but it is worth trying . Try to stop the noise around you and listen to your heart, follow the dreams you had when you were young but somehow the daily routine made you forget, be kind and thoughtful to children and those less fortunate.

A smile and a hug are theurapeutic for the person who receives but also for the person who gives.

We all have dreams , it does not matter what the dream is .  What matters is to stay focused, do not let fear of failure, fear of time stop you from moving ahead. Do not let fear and doubt ,  excuses and stories to keep you from trusting in yourself and from experiencing the best of who you are. Our world needs more than ever before fearless people, people who are true, kind and courageous leaders.

Chose to be around positive people and only what inspires you.

And Remember not to give up, when you don’t give up , you simply cannot fail.

Why Power of WE ? I wish to inspire you inspire others

In recent weeks,  I have been battling within to find answers to questions about my future. It is rare I worry about that because I believe in my dreams and I try my best to get there. Not always an easy task, but I am a firm believer to them and I persist.  Lately may be due to the fact that I am only getting older -hehehehe, it is true-  my mind has been thinking more. But too much thinking has brought me to total exhaustion to the point I forget sometimes how blessed I am and how many things I have to be greatful for. This is an unusual behavior to me. Thankfully,  I soon realize I should not worry and  that life is short for me to worry for such things, instead I should focus my energy on all the things that I still want to achieve.

This is where the amazing TED talks come in my life 🙂

I am a lover of  TED talks and many times I browse through the latest to see what is posted. Today , as I was going through I watched the following 9.36 astonishing minutes..the story of Amy Pardy, all I can say is that she is truly an amazing and inspirational young woman , with so much strength and courage , and so much to teach to all of us!

                                                        Why Power of WE ? I wish to inspire you inspire others

Two months have gone by and the images, the faces, the smiles , the good times, the difficult times , still everything is vivid in my memory. My pictures can say more than what I can ever write..I miss you all ! Thank you for everything !

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                  Why Power of WE? I wish to inspire you inspire others

Just before the Special Olympics Summer Games Athens 2011 started I did promise to you that I would be writing to you every day, keeping you posted about the games. Back then I had no idea that being a Delegate Assistant Liaison for a team would be first of all an absoluely life-changing experience , 1000% more fullfilling than ever expected and also keeping me busy so as everything else was put aside for 18 days.

June 19th, our training sessions were over and the big day had arrived. Four happy volunteers, Maria-Anna, Aris , George and myself meet at Eleftherios Venizelos airport to welcome the Canadian Delegation and introduce ourselves as their DALs during their stay in Greece. At that time , none of us knew what would follow.

We meet the other happy volunteers at the airport that gave us the necessary access cards and stored our luggage. ( ah yes, we had come prepared to the airport with a little suitcase-since we were infomed that we would acompany the team to Rhodes during their host town trip , one week period for the athletes to get used to the ”new” weather conditions but also to rest and get to know the hospitality and beauty of the greek island of Rhodes.)

Just before the delegation arrives , we take our first picture as you see below.

George, myself , Aris and Maria-Anna (The 4 Dals assigned to the Canadian Delegation)

The team arrives, a sea of red …146 Canadian Athletes and staff , 146 people with whom we would spend the next 18 days. First people we meet were two smiley faces: Jennifer Campell, HOD (Head of Delegation) and Marion Coulson , A-HOD(Assistant Head of Delegation). The team gathers , soon we realize how well organized the team was. Coaches and athletes, everyone had a role, everyone followed directions, everyone was happy and excited to be in Athens. Luggage is gathered and taken to the buses by the airport personnel. We accompany the team to the Welcoming Center, where the athletes relaxed after their long trip to Greece , had a little lunch while Jennifer and Marion registered the team and got informed about the trip to Rhodes and were briefed about other procedures.First little problem we need to solve, before leaving for Rhodes is to find an open pharmacy to get the forgotten by an athlete medication on the plane..sounds easy but not easy on a Sunday in Athens given that in less than an hour we had to depart. With positive energy , quick thinking , the very well organized team doctor  who knew exactly the medication needed, a volunteer who offered their car, George (our DAL) who drove to that pharmacy not knowing if  they would make it back in time in a busy sunday evening …so simple and just in a magic way the universe conspired so as for medication , our DAL and Marion the A-HOD,  being back at the welcoming center minutes before departure…! what a relief!

The time arrives and we board on the buses , our next destination the port at Pireas. The buses leave us inside the boat for Rhodes, everyone is tired (remember they have travelled and waited  for more than half a day many of them..) but happy to be in Athens and so we enter the boat , and directed to a location assigned just for the team. All is ok. Boat leaves at 19.00 and we will travel for 14 hours before we arrive at Rhodes the next morning.

It will also my first time in Rhodes , the island of the nights and a beautiful medieval city.

At our arrival in Rhodes, the local organizing committee for Special Olympics Summer Games Athens 2011 had prepared a warm welcoming for all delegations arriving. More happy faces of volunteers everywhere. Our buses wait for us and take us to the hotels. A relaxing day for everyone followed, before more celebrations that followed the next 3 days.

I will stop writing now because I think the pictures below are evidence of what happened the next 3 days in Rhodes and of what not even 1,000 words are  enough to describe….

Jennifer posing with knight of Rhodes :))

Jennifer posing with knight from Rhodes!

Walk in the Medieval City of Rhodes!

Aris posing with Canadian Athletes who bought and wear their Hellas shirts!

A party for all delegations organized by the local organizing commitee!! It was so much fun, everyone dansed to the end!

Dansing away...

Canadian Athletes with Torch Runner

Canadian Athletes with Torch Runner!

The Canadian Rhythmics Team

The Canadian Rhythmics Team , 5 amazing young women and their coaches!

The Canadian Bowling Team

The Canadian Bowling Team !

Canadian Softball Team with Dals and Areti from the Canadian Embassy in Athens!

At Joint Flame Celebration..

At Joint Flame Celebration..

Dr. Casey (the dedicated doctor of the team, an inspirational woman and an amazing volunteer)) with Canadian Athletes

Dr. Casey (the dedicated doctor of the team, an inspirational woman and an amazing volunteer)) with Canadian Athletes

Torch Runners carrying the flame...

Torch Runners carrying the flame...

All canadian athletes wore a t-shirt with the logo:  Dream. Commit. Achieve. Celebrate

All canadian athletes wore a t-shirt with the logo: Dream. Commit. Achieve. Celebrate

Volunteers in Rhodes with George, Aris, Maria-Anna and myself.

Volunteers in Rhodes with George, Aris, Maria-Anna and myself.

Stay tuned with the ”Power or WE” for the continuation of my amazing experience as a DAL ….

                                        Why Power of WE? I wish to inspire you inspire others

I am one of the 25,000 volunteers who will make Athens 2011 Special Olympics happen. I am very proud to be part of this amazing project and I look forward to meeting each one of the amazing athletes that will be arriving in Athens in a few weeks.My next posts through July 5th will be dedicated to Special Olympics, and my experience as a volunteer.

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization that offers children and young people with intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in a variety of Olympic sports and year-round training. At the same time, they are given the opportunity to grow physically, intellectually and socially sharing the joy of sports with their friends, their parents and their supporters in a spirit of respect and acceptance.

Special Olympics aims to :

Inspire peace in the world community

Change attitudes

Encourage through sports

Develop  programs for Global Health

Encourage Research

Educate society in relation to how shouls address and begave to people with intellectual disacility

Educate coaches of Athletes with intelletual disability about the practices they should use, while developing sports programs tailored to their specific needs.

It’s fantastic!!!

                                   Why Power of WE? I wish to inspire you inspire others

The video below says it all…we can all be thoughful just like that woman for a person in need. Her words , changed the world and helped him.

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