AN AMBASSADOR OF HOPE
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.