Five Stories of Inspiration

I promised myself that I would write a positive blog this week. So that’s what I am going to do, even if it kills me.

I wanted to find five things that happened recently that proved there were still good-hearted decent people in this world. Five stories that would inspire and lift the spirit. It wasn’t easy, but this is what I came up with.

1. Aaron Collins died a few months back. He suffered from many psychological disorders which eventually took their toll and got the best of him. He passed away at the very young age of 30. Yet in a note in his will he asked that his older brother Seth (33) take his last 500 dollars that he had in the bank and leave it as a tip for a random waitress.


In Chicago, the gesture unfolded at the pizzeria after Seth had taken the last bite of his tomato and basil deep dish. He handed the waitress the tip. His girlfriend recorded it on her phone and uploaded it to You Tube. Within days people started sending him money so he could do it again. Seth could have kept the money, Over 30 thousand dollars, but instead he is now traveling around the country leaving large tips wherever he goes in honor of his little brother.

2. Emily Kraus and her boyfriend, Joe, were already running late to the Dave Matthews concert in Hershey Pennsylvania when they noticed a man on the side of the road. His bicycle had broken down and he was pushing it in the emergency lane of the highway. When they pulled over to help the man they discovered it was none other than Dave Matthews himself.

Dave-Matthews-Catches-Ride-With-FansThe singer was out for a pre-concert bike ride when he got a flat tire, and he didn’t have a cell phone to call for help. Kraus happened to have a bike rack on her car, and she told local TV station CBS 21 that Joe helped Matthews load his bike while she held his helmet.

Matthews then got in the car and rode with the couple to the concert. The three made small talk about his tour, and Kraus told CBS 21 that the rocker was very humble. He later invited Emily and Joe to dinner, had them visit backstage and gave them front-row seats for his show.

During the concert, Matthews made mention of the whole ordeal and the “nice lady named Emily” in the red car who gave him a ride to the gig.

2. Acrtess Helen Mirren may not actually be the Queen of England, but proved worthy of throne with an act of kindness to a terminally ill 10-year-old cancer patient.
While Oliver Burton’s dying wish was to meet Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, when that proved impossible because of the monarch’s schedule, Mirren provided the next best thing. She came to the hospital dressed as the queen to meet the young boy.
And as a side note: She told InStyle magazine this week that she opposes cosmetic surgery. It is “horrific,” she says, and ruins the “purity” of the body. In return I just want to say thank you Helen, for making 67 look amazingly beautiful and for aging with the utmost of grace.

3. Mary Lousie Parker said she was going to quit acting. She claims the negative outweighs the praise people assume actors get all the time. “It’s a mean culture – it’s reality TV and it’s watching people suffer,” she said. “It’s little girls in pageants and housewives and plastic surgery and people in rehab.” She feels the media twists stories for profit and that Hollywood has become more of a political platform than stage for true art.
She says instead of acting she will write and take care of her kids and her goats. ”That’s about it”. She said. “Bake a little. Have a little wine, And throw my Internet into the lake.”

4.Less than a year ago, a fourteen year old girl by the name of Malala Yousafzai was on her way home from school when a man with a gun approached a young girl waiting to leave class. He asked her which one of them was Malala. One of the students pointed to a young girl, but when Malala denied it, the man shot both of the girls. The man was a member of the Taliban occupying the Swat Valley region of Pakistan and the girl is an activist for girls’ education and recipient of the National Peace Award. The young girl is a symbol of equality and courage and the Taliban’s gunman is a symbol of cowardice and humanity’s darkest hole of unenlightenment, insecurity and violence.
Although both girls survived, Malala remained in critical condition in a hospital in Peshawar after being shot in the head and neck. Malala Yousafzai garnered public attention in 2009, at the age of 11, when she began blogging for BBC (under the pseudonym Gul Makai) about living under the occupation of the Taliban. When the Taliban arrived in Swat Valley.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan commented on her shooting via telephone, “She has become a symbol of Western culture in the area; she was openly propagating it. This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter. Let this be a lesson.”

Eight months later and under constant threats to her life, Malala bravely returned to school. She still advocates for the education of women in Muslim countries.

5. At the age of ten, little Sidonie Fery wrote a message and stuffed it into a bottle while on vacation with her family in Florida. At the end of the message was a passage from her favorite movie, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent adventure”, “Be excellent to yourself”. She then threw it in the ocean and forgot all about it.

Eight years later at the age of 18 Sidonie died while on a backpacking trip in Switzerland. Her body was found at the base of a cliff with another hiker who they believe had slipped first and Sidonie died trying to pull her up.

Two years after she died, her parents still struggled to find peace. her mother was in a deep state of depression. Then in December of 2012, a clean up crew in Long Island picking up debris left over from Hurricane Sandy came across the bottle and returned it to Sidonie’s mother.

I thought it was pretty wild that a bottle with a message written by a ten-year old girl in Florida could find its way back to her mother ten years later.

I wanted to not use any celerity stories in this blog, but it was really hard to find heart warming or inspirational stories in the media. And that my friends, is a shame. I will try to come up with five more in a future blog.


About paulsdahlman

Born in Southern California, raised on the road and now growing roots in New England. I am on the journey of my lifetime. May the footprints I leave behind form the words to my story.
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3 Responses to Five Stories of Inspiration

  1. Jessica says:

    Awesome one! Good reading. Miss you guys 🙂


  2. Wish there was more like this on the pages of our news, I’ve decided not to click if its negative or gossipy and find there’s little else, and so always end up on the culture pages. It’s heartening to see there are some real life stories out there with a positive message. Well done for sharing them.


    • paulsdahlman says:

      I fully agree. Sometimes we need to speak about the negative in order to find ways to heal or fix issues. But the news just gets so overwhelmed by it that they look for only the bad to report on.


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