One Life Can

Your Life Matters and Touches Other Lives

One life can change the world. A simple act of kindness can impact another person's life in ways you may not ever fully appreciate. Be inspired by the stories other people like you have shared. Enter your Facebook user name, Twitter handle, or email address in the search bar to see if anyone has left a story about a way you have impacted their life. Or share your own inspirational story of how someone else made a positive impact in your life.



Teddy’s Got Your Six

Teddy's Got Your Six

Say hello to Teddy. He’s going home with one of our brave military sons or daughters to be given to someone they love. Whenever I meet a service member in my travels, I make it a point to say, “Thank you for your service.” Five simple words of respect and gratitude. If the circumstance permits, I’ll buy them a cup of coffee, a round of drinks, or insist they join me for a meal. I grew up in a military family so I know that if they’re on the road in uniform they’re either leaving someone who will be worrying about them until the day they come home or they are coming home to someone whose prayers have finally been answered.

I don’t think they should go home empty-handed. Teddy agrees and said that he’d be honored to keep their loved ones company and stand watch until they come back home. Teddy invites you to join him and bring other willing bears to a USO Center or one of the other great organizations that supports our military personnel and their families.

Teddy can be shy and is a bear of few words so I included the following note:

Teddy Thanks You

You are welcome to download and print the image above or write your own personal note. Be sure to include the link, onelifecan.com/teddy, so others might be inspired to do the same.

Are you one of our proud service members who received a Teddy? Once again, with deepest gratitude, thank you for your service and sacrifice. If you’d like to share a story of compassion, inspiration, bravery, or kindness, please feel free to share your story here.

My Uncle. My Hero

Uncle

When we found out that our Uncle was dying, there was a grave silence among our family members. He was such a happy man. He was the one who was always present in our household when my father had to go and work overseas. He was a very supportive, jolly man. Our mornings were always filled with laughter and food. Aside from his jovial persona, he always had the right words to say about any particular issue whether personal or social. He was filled with so much wisdom. Yet there we were, struck by grief at the news that he only had a month to live. As with any other teenager, I feared not only for him but for us. I feared that he might change. That the disease might change him, might change the way he looks at the world. I fear that it might change me too. He was my role model. He made me look at the world with cheerfulness despite my short temper.

I was wrong. He never changed. He was still the same old happy Uncle still managed to joke around even when his speech was slurred already, when his hands were frail in the hospital bed.

I still remembered the last words he told me, “Jas, regardless of what happens to you in life, never lose sight of what makes you happy, of the life that you have lived regardless of how short or long it may be. You have to learn how to fight and not lose hope because in the end, that’s all that matters.”

Up to this very day, I hold those words dear to my heart. It’s what keeps me going. He will always be a part of me.

Esther, our smiling angel.

Esther

Five years ago, my aunt gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome. She knew life will be challenging the moment she saw her baby. But she was wrong because her life was changed for the better because of this baby. The baby was named Esther. Esther was a happy child. She would smile at strangers making them smile back at her and not fear or give her an unusual look. The room always light up wherever Esther go. She’s just a joy to be with. If only everyone get their value, instead of being negative about it, they’d be happily welcomed by society.

Esther was indeed a gift to our family. God gave us an angel to broaden our perspective, make us smile and effortlessly enlarge our heart.

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” – Hebrews 13:1b-2

If you want it, you’ll find a way.

Sign Language

One day, my 7 year old sister came home from school and wanted me to take her to the bookstore to get books on sign language. I asked her what is it for. She told me that there was this new kid at school who was deaf and she would like to befriend him because nobody else would take an effort to communicate with him. She asked her teacher what’s wrong with him and what does she have to do to be his friend. The teacher told her to learn sign language because that’s the only way the little boy can communicate.

It amazes me how kids these days can be so pure, kind and innocent. How they see things so easy and light. Adults should sometimes just sit back, relax and try not to over think things.

Cupcake Girl

Cupcake Girl

I don’t particularly like cupcakes much but I still stop in to Kara’s Cupcakes once in a while just to see Cupcake Girl’s amazing smile. I don’t know her name and have never had occasion to introduce myself so she’s Cupcake Girl for now. Maybe it’s even better that we don’t spoil it with names. Friends joke that I’ve got a cupcake-girl-crush. Perhaps. But more than that is the purely human connection one can make with the simple kindness of a genuine smile. Whenever I see Cupcake Girl’s smile it always brightens my day. No matter how crazy busy it gets in the shop–and it does–she always has her radiant smile. I imagine that it must become tiresome to keep that smile on all day, so either she’s an amazing actress or it comes from an irrepressible joy from within. I like to think it’s the latter. Without agenda or expectation it’s nice to know that I can count on a bit of sunshine from Cupcake Girl.

I should mention, I find that everyone I’ve ever seen behind the counter at Kara’s has had a wonderful smile for their customers. So smile. Smile more often. You never know how you’ll brighten up someone else’s day.