We’re all a part of God’s great big family,
And the truth, you know, love is all we need.
We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving.
– Lyrics from We Are The World, by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Yes, it’s time to say thank you again to those who give.
Before the year really begins, (after all today is like a second New Year’s holiday right?), it’s time to reflect on all those from “God’s great big family” who have been bold enough to share their story of courage, hope or inspiration in The Sunday Series. I have been bestowed the honor of listening, of having them tell their story to me and then trusting me to write it and share it with the world. It’s a gift and a responsibility.
It is true as it says in the song lyrics above that “love is all we need” and I thank each and every one of the more than 130 people who have opened their hearts to share their story. It’s you who make “a brighter day”, because after all, everyone has a story.
Links to every single one of The Sunday Series which have come before, (including a link to a compilation of the first 88 stories), is below. In 11 days we’ll mark the 4th anniversary of this blog, It’s Just About… Life & The Sunday Series. I am grateful for your support and to those I have interviewed and who have shared a piece of their soul with me, I am forever in your debt.
We are the world… and we thank you.
So let’s begin. I am a writer. My name is Mark Brodinsky and this is The Sunday Series.
The Sunday Series In Gratitude (3)
It’s time to count backward, starting with #133: Jamie Blumberg and his reason to give:
#132: Molly Garrison and the comeback for her and her family with healing hearts:
#131: BethAnn Talford is Grateful… for the Big “C”:
#130: A compilation of stories of HOPE from some of the best and brightest in my company (even added my own interview as a way to get to know me): http://markbrodinsky.com/sunday-series-130-mark-brodinsky/
#129: Samantha Davis, still struggling to make her way back from lyme disease. Her fight is far from over:
#128: Teaira Stills shows us all she has something to prove:
#127: Nikell Thomas and her family’s inspiring story…acceptance and love.
#126: Don and Jo Dente, making an incredible difference in this world:
#125: Bill Shelton is a carbon copy of the man he called his hero:
#124: Beth Fairchild, a METAvivor, battling to fight and educate the world about Stage IV:
#123: Brian Kowitz, the inspiring real-life story of man who made it to The Show:
#122: Want to win? Go all in. Ron Leonard shows how he’s done it:
#121: No one was ever born to be average. Just ask David Manganello:
#120: Dori Chait, Alexandra (Alex) Ade and their towering purpose:
#119: Steve Keretz and his story that proves attitude is everything:
#118: Stacey Stirmer and her son Jake’s journey through adult autism. It’s love with a full heart:
#117: It’s not if or when you will get knocked down. It’s how you get back up:
#116: There are weddings, then there are celebrations. Climb aboard the party bus and experience Team Kohlasch:
#115: Rakeem Bowdry and the comeback from the accident that changed his life:
#114: Want to be inspired? Join Liz Byrne on a journey into a new world of insight, acceptance and forgiveness.
#113: Need to believe in something? Kenny Liner shows how to believe in music:
#112: He wants to create a living legacy as someone who truly helps other people. Meet Garrett Laughlin:
#111: T.J. Tyus has discovered one of the greatest powers on earth. The power to serve:
#110: Rachel Root shares an incredible “vision” for her son Zachary. Their story will touch your heart:
#109: It’s all about that light. Go into the light and join Brian Clark and share his story:
#108: “Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.” Those words inspired Gerard Adams to change the world:
#107: Rochelle Brown said she didn’t have a story, but everyone has a story. Be inspired by every breath she takes:
#106: Ashley Zahabian is a rising star in every sense of the word. This girl is a one-woman-powerhouse. Be inspired:
#105: It took him awhile, but Rick Swiatek finally found Cinderella. And it changed his life:
#104: We all feel it when a child is ill. In Baltimore the House that Love Built means Hope for all. Go inside The Ronald McDonald House:
#103: When Sherene Smith found her why, she found her soul. A life transformed is an inspiration to us all:
#102: Talk about living your passion! Mrs. B does it better than most. Take a peek behind the curtain:
#101: Turn the beat (and the mirror) around. This is my story… told by Pete Kohlasch:
#100: It was an honor. The health comeback story for the top man in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan:
#99: Her dad was a driving force in her life, inspiring Mara Abramowitz to play full out, so you can too:
#98: Learn about life and courage through the eyes Emily, Kate and the girls softball team, The Lazers:
#97: Andy Montague and his family face life’s greatest loss, only to realize they are stronger than they know:
#96: The curtain nearly came down for this young actor, but Greg Kenney is doing all he can to come back. A story of courage and miracles:
#95: It was a moment that changed their lives forever. Jill Seidman’s story about her husband’s journey might just change yours:
#94: He’s got the magic touch when it comes to personal relations. Just ask the Ironman! John Maroon is PR:
#93: Marianne Banister hopes everyone will live life as her young daughter did. #livelifelikeclaire:
#92: In a span of only six months Gemma Serio lost her mom and her dad. Then she learned what love is:
#91: Not that long ago Zephan Blaxberg thought of ending it all. Now he’s living a life re-scripted, inspiring all of us to do the same:
#90: Yoga is life. For Nanda Oliveira it’s much more, it’s about living a legacy for someone she loved and lost:
#89: The bigger they are, the better they are. Veeral Rathod, founder of J. Hilburn wants to help others build a better life:
The link to the other 88 Sunday Series is right here… in The Sunday Series in Gratitude (2):
Until next time thanks for taking the time,
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