The Courage and Strength to Make a Difference


“I can’t be a scientist finding a cure, so this is what I have to do — raise the money to fund the science. It’s what we all have to do.” – CF grandfather Robert Corti on why he supports CF causes for his 2-year-old grandson, and for everyone with CF.

We all talk about how we wish things could be and we dream of a better world, we dream of a place that is safe for our children, we dream of a cure for illnesses and we dream for peace on earth. Then sometimes you get someone who goes out there and does something about what they dream of changing… Last week I “met” someone just like that.

For the last few months I have been researching and looking into an idea that I have. It is something that when I think about it, it stirs something in the pit of my stomach that gets me excited and it is like a deep knowing of probably the biggest YES I have ever had in my life. It is something I don’t want to say much of anything about now, but it is something I will keep pursuing and will continue to follow until I exhaust every possible option. It’s often in my thoughts, mostly sitting there at the back of my mind as more important and urgent life things come up but it’s there, ever so gently nudging me, pushing me towards what I am so hugely passionate about. I’m not the most patient of people and when I get an idea into my head I want to do it now and I want things to happen quickly, but I realise this will be a process with some red tape to get through after all my ideas have been thrown together and a plan has been devised ~ All currently powered by a belief and my biggest yes yet.

At night I pray for guidance on this “project” I have thoughts on. I have no idea how I will do it, I have no idea if I can do it. Some may think it is a crazy idea but it gets my heart beating fast with excitement and so I will continue to follow this YES inside of me that continues to softly call…

One night last week after asking for guidance, I dreamt of my brother and I working on something in the ocean when three dolphins swam up to us, one swimming right up to me and nuzzling my face. I woke with such a sense of peacefulness. The dream has stayed with me, often rising in my thoughts, and I am able to remember each bit of detail, and each time I recall the dream it fills me with that same sense of peacefulness and a knowing/feeling that I am on the right track. I decided to look up what dreaming of dolphins symbolise, most websites said the same thing.

To see a dolphin in your dream symbolizes spiritual guidance, intellect, mental attributes and emotional trust. The dream is usually an inspirational one, encouraging you to utilize your mind to its capacity and move upward in life. Alternatively, it suggests that a line of communication has been established between the conscious and subconscious aspects of yourself. Dolphins represent your willingness and ability to explore and navigate through your emotions.

The funny thing is that I have approached my brother’s company for possible future help in what I want to do. This dream gives me hope.

Again, last week, in my research and browsing around I came across an article entitled “Man on long-distance run to raise money for cystic fibrosis research”

I clicked on the link and read the article. Michael J Morris, who started running on 23rd January 2013 in Rosenberg, Texas and is making his way to New Orleans, a journey that will cover 500 miles. He is running in honour of his dear friend, Debbie Cheramie, who sadly passed away for CF. His journey is called the “Breathe Easy” Run and he’s raising money and awareness for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Every day since I came across that article, I have followed his journey. I’m inspired by his determination and courage to undertake a journey such as this one he is on. I smile at the support of strangers along the way and I celebrate the success of another raising awareness for CF. His journey inspires my own as I take more steps towards living my purpose fully and supporting others.

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In quite moments I think of the past 7 years of the long and sometimes difficult part-time studying. A long time dream that 8 years ago I dusted off. I think of my journey to the top of Kilimanjaro last year and all the incredible people it has put me in touch with and continues to put me in touch with still today. As I hurtle through my 2nd last year of part-time studying the universe starts guiding me in the exact direction of a long-time dream I have longed to fulfil.

A little piece here.

A little piece there.

Suddenly, all slowly coming together.

It doesn’t matter that it’s taken me years to get this far.

It’s a dream that has always softly called even though sometimes I ignored the call.

Sometimes I didn’t believe it could be possible.

I chose to believe the opinions of others.

How far I have come!

Slowly, I begin to share the truth depths of my thoughts, that is my dream, with others.

In that process I realise that some may shoot my ideas down.

Some will tell me yet again, “Impossible!”

Others may smirk and say “Keep dreaming.”

Others may knock me down and tell me all the reasons why it can’t happen.

There’s a quote that sits on my wall both at work and at home, I read it every day…

“There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say ‘watch me’.” ~ Unknown

The YES inside keeps churning. Burning ever stronger.

I’m grateful for the people who inspire me along the way.

I’m grateful for the burning desire to achieve my dreams no matter if I have taken the long way around.

I’m grateful for the belief, the courage and burning YES that keep burning bigger.

If you would like to follow Michael J Morris’s journey to raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and better still, if you would like to make a donation or if you live in America and find you are on his running route, go stop and say hello.

To make a donation click here.  Your donation can help bring us one step closer to finding a cure and it helps support those living with CF.

To follow Michael’s journey on Facebook, click here

To follow Michael’s blog, which he created to allow others to follow his journey, much like I did, click here

And finally, if you would like to read why people like Michael and myself are so passionate about finding a cure and doing what we can for those living with CF read this incredibly moving short blog post by Michael, Unexpected bond with CF

Michael, may your journey give back to you even more blessings and gifts than you are giving to the world. I celebrate each step you take.

I don’t know where my journey will take me.

Or when I will get there.

But I know with each new day as the sun begins to rise, my hope is renewed and my YES grows ever bigger.

~ For Emma and for Debbie and all those who have and who still courageously fight this battle ~

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