Last of all, my veterans taught me that in the heat of the battle, you never leave behind your fallen battle buddy. For me
He has shown us more love than any living creature on earth ever has before. I love looking into his big brown eyes as his giant tongue slides across my face. I know what's in those eyes; it's love, compassion and gratitude.
On September 23rd of 1995 Lili died and was born as Feliza, her real name. She left behind an identity that wouldn't belong to her any longer and was forced to start a new life.
So what sets the fighters, the winners, apart? What makes a life truly worth living, even in the face of pain and fear? In speaking to Paula, I discovered five key traits that allowed her to write her own story--to live life on her terms.
It's not often that young siblings bend over backwards to be nice to one another. You're usually more likely to find them fighting over the front seat or taking each other's things than finding ways to selflessly care for one another.
Rules bring about order, and order is much easier to cope with than guilt of being selfish. So I'll share the only rules I live by, the ones that have had me traveling the world, falling in love, making big moves after cancer.
I lost my uncle Jeff to AIDS when I was 12-years-old. He was my best friend. Uncle Jeff was a minister and he believed in my singing and creativity so much, that he let me lead sermons and sing to the congregation as a child.
Most people ask me: "What was that like?" I think what they really want to know is what did I learn. They don't want the stories of the needles and hospital beds, so I'll spare you the details too, but I'll share these three essential, earth-shaking lessons I took with me after the battle.
This may sound confusing, but the tips below will help you see that contentment isn't something you can go searching for, but like a deep sleep, it's waiting for you if you tune yourself in...
Storm-battered souls, wherever you may be, know this: The game of life is rigged in your favor, as long as you conduct yourself accordingly.