meaning

Don "Known, Needed, Loved"

Don "Known, Needed, Loved"

“As my problems mounted, I desperately sought relief from the weight of the pain and sense of failure piling up. Eventually, I just wanted to stop waking up and living in pain, hurt and sinking further into a life of failure. I was at the point where I knew that I needed to stop ruining the lives of those who loved me and if I really loved them, I would do them justice by ending my life. Yes, the enemy had some really good rational lies that helped me rationalize my actions when I pulled the trigger that fateful day…”

READ DON’S STORY HERE

Sarah "A Brighter Path"

Sarah "A Brighter Path"

“I always felt like something was wrong with me, and I was just wrong for existing. I truly believed I was to blame. There was about two or three years in a row where I was just feeling guilty over every single thing I did and said, and I just wanted to be gone, to not have to deal with life anymore because life isn't worth living. When I was at my lowest of lows, it looked like defeat, like hopelessness. Today, I want people to know that you're not alone, and that there's always something to get you through it, regardless of how terrible it feels. Life is so worth living and you'll find your reason, you just haven’t found it yet.”

READ SARAH’S STORY HERE

Dawn "People Are Just Beautiful"

Dawn "People Are Just Beautiful"

“I was probably about thirteen when I decided that I probably wasn’t going to live until twenty. I didn’t fit in the world anywhere. At nineteen I got pregnant with my son. I decided that, “I guess I’m not gonna die, so I’m gonna have to try to figure out my way in this world, as scary as it is. Life’s an adventure. Life isn’t fair, and bad things happen, but because of the things I’ve experienced and seen, I have a very deep empathy for a multitude of situations that children and adults face. I guess that’s a good quality? I can see past all the bad things and just see how beautiful people are in the rawness of life. People are just beautiful, just the way they are. A behavior is a behavior, but it has nothing to do with how beautiful they are inside.”

READ DAWN’S STORY HERE

Janelle "Meant For More"

Janelle "Meant For More"

“...that part of my life really broke me. It broke my faith, it nearly broke my family. It broke friendships. It broke me financially. I nearly lost everything. But you know what else it did for me? It made me stop. It made me take all the masks off. It made me start being intentional with my daughters. It made me start putting my phone away. It stripped away all that didn’t need to be there, so I could truly see what was left. And it appeared there wasn’t much.

My heart longed for something more: it was broken. I was broken. Inside I knew I was meant for more … I just had to figure out what that was. And I needed to figure that out for me...no one else, just me.”

READ JANELLE’S STORY HERE

Tracy "Ooz Wow Moments"

Tracy "Ooz Wow Moments"

“When I was hired for my first teaching job, I went out and bought myself a small pair of diamond earrings by way of celebration. On the last day of my career, I put them on again, jokingly making the statement that after thirty years in the classroom, they were still all I could afford. No, my car is not new, my house not paid for and I would like to have more in my savings account. But if I was given the chance to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I believe I was right where God wanted me to be.”

READ TRACY’S STORY HERE

Amy "A New Heart"

Amy "A New Heart"

"The biggest, most important lesson I have learned is to be thankful for every single moment. I try not to get angry at people. I tell the people I love that I love them every day. I hug and kiss my babies more. I’m not afraid to get old. I want wrinkles, I want to be forty, fifty, sixty…"

READ AMY’S STORY HERE

Fallon "One Life To Live"

Fallon "One Life To Live"

"I have grown an immense amount since the diagnosis and even feel fortunate that I could have had this pain because it has shaped me into who I am today. It is always important to realize this is our one life to live and it’s important to make the most of it. I will not let my illnesses define me!"

READ FALLON’S STORY HERE

Pearl - Five Years Later "A Mother's Words"

Pearl - Five Years Later "A Mother's Words"

"Everybody is on a journey, and everybody has something they are fighting for and are trying to overcome.”

READ PEARL’S STORY HERE

George "35 Feet"

George "35 Feet"

"Have good relationships and maintain that sense of God's Word of doing unto others as you would have done to you. It is a simple rule that has so much meaning..."

READ GEORGE’S STORY HERE

"YOU ARE ONE"

"YOU ARE ONE"

"The significance of one is that -- without the ones -- without you and your story, we wouldn’t be 7 billion."

WATCH 7 BILLION ONES "YOU ARE ONE" VIDEO HERE

Garret "A Reason"

Garret "A Reason"

"Having aids has given me a new perspective on life and what is truly important - It’s not money, it’s not material things. It’s not having your lips like Angelina Jolie. It’s knowing that you’re loved...and knowing with your inner strength of your higher power that it is not your problem anymore, cause you've given it away."

READ GARRET’S STORY HERE