Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Don‘t waste your time on a man/woman, who isn‘t willing to waste their
time on you.
Don‘t try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one,
so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be grateful.
Don‘t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of
rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a
quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of
the deep springs of life.
Youth means a tempera-mental predominance of courage over timidity, of the
appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of
60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We
grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spring back to dust.
Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder,
the unfailing childlike appetite of what’s next and the joy of the game of
living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless
station: so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and
power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.
When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism
and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as
your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die
Seven years ago, my wife and I had to take our five week old daughter off of life support, by far the hardest and most painful decision of our life. Our daughter, Alle Shea, was born with the rare bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. At birth Alle Shea’s skull looked like a cracked egg on the x-rays. She also had multiple fractures in her arms and her ribs, her legs, and her wrist. The day Alle was leaving us, we were able to take her outside on the hospital deck and hold her in our arms until she passed away.
7年前，妻子和我给5周大的女儿停止了维持生命的治疗。到目前为止，那是我们生活中最艰难、最痛苦的决定。我们的女儿Alle Shea出生时就患有罕见的骨骼疾病——成骨不全症。出生时，Alle Shea的头盖骨在X光片上看起来就像有裂纹的鸡蛋，胳膊、肋骨、腿和手腕多处骨折。Alle离开我们的那天，我们用医院担架把她带出了医院，把她抱在怀里直到她去世。
Now, we had two choices that day: we could have let the grief over take us, or we could take that grief and turn it into a positive. Since that day, my wife and I have worked tirelessly volunteering our time hosting special events, and talking to students and the media about OI. We even contacted hospitals to try to get them on board with our cause - and this is the battle we are still fighting. Over the seven years, we have volunteered thousands of hours. February of 2015 we started OI Care for You program. We send stuffed animals to children with OI in the hospital for treatment, surgery or home recovering from a break.
那天我们有两个选择：要么被悲伤击倒，要么把伤痛化为动力。从那天起，妻子和我不知疲倦地利用所有时间举办特殊活动，和学生、媒体聊成骨不全症的话题。我们甚至联系医院，想让他们也加入我们，我们现在仍然在为此努力。过去的七年中，我们做了数千小时的志愿活动。2015年二月，我们启动了OI Care for You这个项目。我们把毛绒玩具送给在医院治疗、做手术或骨折在家休养的患成骨不全症的孩子们。
Each one brings a smile and comfort to a child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI).
We had OI families come from neighboring cities and towns and thank us for doing what we do and giving them another way to show support for a family member with OI.