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On Tuesday 12/14 2011, The Today Show’s Jane Pauley [AARP: Your Life Calling You] interviewed Orlando Ward. Mr. Ward’s life is a tapestry of ups and downs that have been woven together with some of the most colorful threads of experience.   The interview really touched my heart. It reminded me that how we see the world is what determines what we become, and that we all can impact the world in a positive way. His story exudes hope.

At times hope can seem illusive.  I have, at times, thought that a certain level of health, wealth and knowledge would have to be attained before creating a certain level of significant  change  in my own life. The interview with Mr. Ward schooled me on that misconception and helped me recognize that hope is within and therefore  exists everywhere and anywhere. Mr. Ward’s story told me that sometimes the most dire of circumstances are needed to awaken that hopefulness. His story reminded me of authors and speakers Byron Katie [link here]  and Eckhart Tolle [link here]. Both of these people hit ” bottom” as the major stepping stone to their awakening. The Hulu link that is presently available has the entire 4 minute and change interview. Mr. Ward radiates his heart felt power.

A former basketball scholarship student at Stanfordord University, Mr. Ward, now age 51, attests to his ability to be coached. His successes and later dip into years spent on Skid Row and life changing addiction, taught him the difference between thinking and feeling life’s lessons. Quoting Mr. Ward:

“I’ve been coached all my life. I knew how to take coaching, but I didn’t feel it, I did not live it”.

The beauty of these words resonated within me. This epiphany is one of the building blocks to enlightened living. A lesson truly learned is to take what I have  absorbed and implement it in my daily life. Patience is the key.

Orlando Ward is presently the Director of Community Affairs for Volunteers of America in Greater Los Angles. Please learn more about him and his life and interview via AARP [link here] and The Today Show via Hulu [link here].

Orlando Ward found hope in a card board box on Skid Row.  His story has me thinking that hope is something that lives within each one of us, waiting to be awakened.



Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi

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