I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Deb Cross and I’m one of those baby boomers who is entering the next phase of her life and am looking to create a community of positive beacons of light that can empower individuals to be more confident, hopeful and engaged in finding their path to a fulfilling and joyful life. If we take for granted our experiences over decades of living we may be missing an opportunity to positively impact another’s life.
The question I ask myself is this, “How can I assimilate the wisdom I’ve gained throughout my life and use this wisdom to assist the next generation to have a sense of hope in a world where they might feel hopeless. If you too ask yourself this question I would love your help.
I have created a weekly blog called: “Together We Can! Sharing Our Hope Campaign” whereby I’d like folks to submit their personal stories of adversities or challenges that they have overcome. I am using a 12-Step program format where folks first share their experience, then their strength, and their HOPE with others. This is an extremely effective way to assist others in overcoming their own personal challenges as they realize that someone has walked this path before them and willingly and lovingly will share their HOPE with others.
If you are interested in this campaign of bringing HOPE to others I would love to hear your story. Let’s create a community of folks committed and dedicated to “paying it forward” or giving someone a “hand up!” Let’s connect and collaborate on helping others establish their journey to this end. TOGETHER WE CAN! Please feel free to comment on my blog.
The first installment is below:
When we ask ourselves if we have value and worth to share with others or the inner strength to share our stories please watch this video clip first and then decide. These are photos of my amazing great-nephews and great-niece and I, for one, want to be part of the solution to assure these wonderful young souls of a healthier and happier future. As the lyrics in the “Greatest Love of All” sung by Whitney Houston and written by Linda Creed and Michael Masser, state:
“I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone to fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me…”
Linda Creed was 27 when she wrote the lyrics to “Greatest Love of All” in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The words describe the feeling of learning how to deal with major challenges in life, and how to find strength during these challenges, whether you ultimately succeed or fail.
The message here is that we need to believe in —and love — ourselves, rather than put our trust in others or seek happiness from how others perceive us. It is something that must be internalized — something that, for many, is possible through reliance on the grace of a higher power. Creed says there is strength in love, something which she found through her own struggle with breast cancer. Creed died nine years after her diagnosis and left a legacy for those of us who listen and can hear the important life lessons, of unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness — the message found not only in this beautiful love song, but in all of her music.
Deb Cross of Manchester, NH, holds a BS degree in Human Services and has dedicated her entire life to being an advocate for those without a voice. As a published author, producer of two “behind the scenes” documentaries for Extreme Makeover Home Edition TV show, award-winning photographer, local TV producer, 36-plus years of sobriety and a holistic practitioner, Deb is committed to assist others in healing from the inside out. “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” You can contact her directly with your own stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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