Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

 
Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

 
Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]

 
Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]

 
Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]

 
Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]

 
Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]

 
Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]

 
Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

great day

Drai Drai designer. conscious brand manager. wild redhead.

Drai is a priestess, song keeper, mother, wife, and artist. As founder of Wild Redhead Design, she loves to partner with folks who are making a difference. [www.myspace.com/wildredheaddesign/blog]

Years ago, my dear sister and friend Kelli was diagnosed with cancer. We were all devastated. A three year journey began, one that changed her life, and mine, forever. One day, unexpectedly, things changed. It was like she suddenly knew it was the end. She gave her things away. She laughed. She told her employees how wonderful her experiences with them had been. She quieted. That night, with family and friends by her side, she sighed and announced, “I’ve had a great day!” We tucked her in and began planning for the next day, but out of the clear blue, Kelli died.

“I’ve had a great day!” was the last thing Kelli ever said. That changed my life. Until then, I’d lived a life full of adventure, activity, and success, but also terrible challenges and pains. Life seemed very hard and unfair. Some days, my life felt like an unbearable struggle.

The day Kelli died, I went home and took a giant black marker and wrote on my bedroom wall in great big letters “I’ve had a great day!” I pondered. For weeks, I stared at that statement as I lay in bed, mystified. I couldn’t understand how a dying woman could feel so happy and pleased with such a day, a day when she knew she was leaving the planet, her life cruelly stolen by an unwanted cancerous invader. I couldn’t understand, but I decided she’d given me a gift and it was my duty to unwrap it.

Every day, I made myself write down five things I was grateful for that might constitute a great day. I discovered I mostly had very difficult days, days I had to dig deeply to find five things. To my surprise, I managed to find five things on every kind of day. Often, they were the simplest of things, such as the wonderful smell of my daughter’s hair.

Through that activity, I “got it,” deep in my cells, and everything shifted. I realized that, nested among the messy bits, beauty surrounds me all the time and every day actually IS a great day! Imagine that?! Now, wonder, joy, and delight come to the foreground and I recognize that everything, good and bad, is an integral part of my journey and the making of ME. This life I’ve been given is truly a miracle. I’m grateful and filled and sated. It feels … well, great.

When asked what’s meaningful about my life, I answer: life itself.

Thanks, Kel , you made all the difference in the world!

– Drai

Comments

Explore More Meaning

  • Corrina Gordon-Barnes
    Corrina Gordon-Barnes Corrina Gordon-Barnes teacher of good. honest marketer. lover of vegan cheesecake.

    Corrina Gordon-Barnes is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in supporting women who want to turn their passion into a profitable business. [www.youinspireme.co.uk]

     
  • Sean Stephenson
    Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

    Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

     
  • Jasmine Aziz
    Jasmine Aziz Jasmine Aziz novelist. vibrator vendor. orgasm promoter.

    Jasmine Aziz is a retired vibrator seller who used to do in-home party presentations. Her novel, Sex & Samosas, helps both men and women navigate the subtle complexities of the modern woman life. [www.jasmineaziz.com]

     
  • Mike Riera
    Mike Riera Mike Riera speaker. author. parental philosopher.

    Mike Riera, PhD, speaks and writes on the topic of understanding teenagers and children. [www.mikeriera.com]

     
  • Lisa Nielsen
    Lisa Nielsen Lisa Nielsen education advocate. author. innovator.

    Author Lisa Nielsen is an outspoken advocate of learning innovatively. She works to help schools and districts educate in real and innovative ways that prepare students for success. [http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com]

     
  • Tyler Merrick
    Tyler Merrick Tyler Merrick present daddy. balanced businessman. noise reducer.

    Tyler Merrick grew up in a family pet food business based in Texas. He now lives in California with his wife and 3 daughters where he owns Project 7, a social enterprise brand of consumer products. [www.project7.com]

     
  • Jane Grossman
    Jane Grossman Jane Grossman Consultant. Game Player. Team Builder.

    Jane Grossman, Catalyst of A Sustainable Way, works with individuals and work teams, helping them reach new levels of excellence and satisfaction. [www.asustainableway.com]

     
  • Paul Inman
    Paul Inman Paul Inman music man. multi-platform artist. down hill skier.

    Paul Inman is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, performer, poet, budding photographer and artist born and raised near Detroit, residing in Los Angeles. His performing name is Paul Inman's Delivery. [www.paulinman.net]

     
  • More

Contributors

  • Kiel Pollitt
    Kiel Pollitt Kiel Pollitt star reader. man of service. juicer.

    Astrologer Kiel Pollitt writes horoscopes for several National and International publications. After graduating from The International School of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa, he attended George Mason University and The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. [www.Astro-Health.com]

     
  • Tamisha Ford
    Tamisha Ford Tamisha Ford soul teacher. passionate writer. proud introvert.

    Tamisha Ford, MBA, is a strengths strategist, assertiveness coach, and guide. She is the Founder of Strong & Soulful Living, which helps people embrace their strengths and spirituality in a socially saturated and distracted culture. [www.tamishaford.com]

     
  • Scott Wilson
    Scott Wilson Scott Wilson artist. designer. heart threader.

    Artist, designer, and manufacturer Scott Wilson is the founder and CEO of HeartThreads, a clothing line designed to inspire from the inside out. [http://heartthreadsclothing.com]

     
  • Sophie Chiche
    Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

    Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

     
  • Tommy Rosen
    Tommy Rosen Tommy Rosen Yoga Teacher. Storyteller. Recovery Expert.

    Tommy Rosen is an expert in addiction and recovery, a gifted storyteller, and a certified yoga teacher. He helps people live more fulfilling, healthier lives.

     
  • Hollye Jacobs
    Hollye Jacobs Hollye Jacobs medical burrito. practical patient. blogging healer.

    Hollye Jacobs has been on both sides of the hospital bed. Via her blog, she's the girlfriend who tells you what to expect, holds your hand, and helps you find the silver linings of the breast cancer experience. [www.thesilverpen.com]

     
  • Melissa Bradley
    Melissa Bradley Melissa Bradley grateful mom. connector. flexible traveler.

    Melissa Bradley is the founder of Indagare, a member-based online community for sophisticated travelers, providing access to curated online archives, printed guides, and custom advisory and booking services. [www.indagare.com]

     
  • Mark Whitwell
    Mark Whitwell Mark Whitwell life embracer. sex redefiner. body connector.

    Mark has taught yoga for over 20 years all over the world. His most recent book is The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy. [www.thepromise.com]

     
  • Alexandra Solnado
    Alexandra Solnado Alexandra Solnado healer. author. receiver.

    Alexandra Solnado's path as a spiritual healer began in a moment, when her daughter stopped breathing. Since then, she's channeled books, spiritual therapies, and meditations. [www.alexandrasolnado.net]

     
  • Justin Oswald
    Justin Oswald Justin Oswald art supporter. real dreamer. voice finder.

    Justin Oswald is on the board of directors at p:ear, an organization serving disadvantaged youth in Portland, Oregon. He knows how to make big dreams a reality. [www.pearmentor.org]

     
  • Sharon Salzberg
    Sharon Salzberg Sharon Salzberg meditation leader. author. buddhist.

    Bestselling author Sharon Salzberg co-founded the Insight Meditation Society. She's been a student of meditation since 1971 and has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. [www.SharonSalzberg.com]

     
  • Charles Sophy
    Charles Sophy Charles Sophy doctor. author. sweeper.

    Dr. Charles Sophy has dedicated his life to the physical and mental well-being of children and families from all walks of life. [www.drsophy.com]

     
  • William Ury
    William Ury William Ury peace groupie. mediator. life surfer.

    One of the world's best known mediators, William Ury co-founded the Harvard Negotiation Project and has co-authored global bestsellers about negotiation and peacemaking. [www.williamury.com]

     
  • Barbara Marx Hubbard
    Barbara Marx Hubbard Barbara Marx Hubbard author. evolutionary voice. conceptual midwife.

    Futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard spearheads the vision of a planetary shift through conscious evolution, culminating in a Planetary Birth Day Celebration on December 22, 2012. [www.Birth2012.com]

     
  • Todd Murray
    Todd Murray Todd Murray musical multi-tasker. quest seeker. early starter.

    Todd Murray uses both sides of his brain. He's a professional singer/songwriter and a businessman. He's a documentarian, real-estate owner/manager, co-owner of gvbradio.com, dog lover ... and he cans pickles. [www.ToddMurray.com]

     
  • Yulady Saluti
    Yulady Saluti Yulady Saluti courageous survivor. unstoppable mom. playful joker.

    Certified yoga instructor, Yulady Saluti, never stops moving, even in the midst of battling a serious colon rectal medical condition and Stage 2 breast cancer. She documents her journey on her blog. [www.yuladysaluti.com]

     
  • Nick Johnstone
    Nick Johnstone Nick Johnstone journalist. londoner. re-thinker.

    Nick Johnstone has written for major periodicals and interviewed the likes of Keith Richards and Roman Polanski, as well as writing numerous books, including his personal memoir. [wwwnickjohnstone.blogspot.co.uk]

     
  • Jacqueline Boone
    Jacqueline Boone Jacqueline Boone traveling writer. dream doer. every day creator.

    Jacqueline Boone is the creator of the blog and web show, 6 Months to Live. She is an explorer at heart who is passionate about truly living. [6monthstolive.me]

     
  • Bill Tai
    Bill Tai Bill Tai venture capitalist. kiteboarder. dream achiever.

    Bill Tai rides the waves of the stock market as a successful venture capitalist and the waves of the ocean as a sponsored kiteboarder. [www.about.me/BillTai]

     
  • Sean Stephenson
    Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

    Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

     
  • Natasha Marvis
    Natasha Marvis Natasha Marvis affirmation inventor. yoga enthusiast. dishwashing meditator.

    Natasha Marvis is Certified Yoga Instructor, standing in her strength, sharing her love, and remaining authentic in the present moment. [www.mindfulconnection.me]

     
  • Eric Lumiere
    Eric Lumiere Eric Lumiere awareness seeker. conscious music maker. helpful exaggerator.

    Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Lumiere is a Lover of Life and all things, and lives for the upliftment of consciousness everywhere. He is also graduate of Teen Insight. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. [www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university]

     
  • Lisa Cypers Kamen
    Lisa Cypers Kamen Lisa Cypers Kamen spiritual psychologist. philanthropist. happiness harvester.

    Lisa Cypers Kamen is a happiness expert whose blend of positive and spiritual psychology coaching, workshops, and philanthropic projects cultivates well-being in private and public audiences around the world. [www.HarvestingHappiness.com]

     
  • Eric Hiss
    Eric Hiss Eric Hiss writer. explorer. risk-taker.

    Eric Hiss navigates the world in search of unexpected, entertaining, off-the-beaten-path stories. He's written about everything from spas to pop bands. Eric also co-founded wandermelon.com. [www.wandermelon.com]

     
  • Robert Kiraz
    Robert Kiraz Robert Kiraz broadcaster. event magician. communicator.

    Robert Kiraz is the founder and CEO of Vokle, a revolutionary live broadcasting platform for hosting interactive events. [www.vokle.com]

     
  • Christiane Northrup
    Christiane Northrup Christiane Northrup body whisperer. wellness watcher. menstruation embracer.

    Christiane Northrup, MD, is a board-certified ob/gyn and a visionary pioneer in the field of women's health and wellness. She is a bestselling author and the host of seven successful public television specials. [www.drnorthrup.com]

     
  • George Mulling
    George Mulling George Mulling business developer. strategist. global seller.

    George Mulling is a Managing Partner at CapGenic Advisors, a senior strategy firm. He has 25 years of experience in global sales leadership and is occasionally a good listener. [www.capgenic.com]

     
  • Agapi Stassinopoulos
    Agapi Stassinopoulos Agapi Stassinopoulos author. speaker. goddess.

    Author and speaker Agapi Stassinopoulos lectures and conducts seminars worldwide, empowering men and women to become more connected to their individual gifts. [www.thesevengoddesses.com]

     
  • Nick Segal
    Nick Segal Nick Segal home finder. businessman. completer.

    Nick Segal is the president of Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage & Acquisitions. [www.thepartnerstrust.com]

     
  • More

Connection


© 2010-2024 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)