I hope all is well, wherever you may be. I recently had the opportunity to photograph my friend Maickel Melamed walk the Chicago Marathon 2013, he was the last man to cross the line with a time of 16hr46min. Yes, you read it right. I wrote an article along with a photo essay of his journey that was published by Elephant Journal Magazine. So please have a read!
Maickel is an incredible person, with an even more incredible soul. He has made it his mission to inspire people worldwide to follow their dreams!, to reach out! and make them happen despite challenges, circumstances and obstacles that appear along the way. As Maickel says, "Your life is the most beautiful gift you have." And with that comes the power of Choice. I am not sure where in the world you are reading this from, but here in Canada, we have the freedom of speech, most of us have the power to choose our lives and make our dreams happen. But through conditioning, or limited beliefs we close ourselves to the world, we close ourselves to ourselves. We stop believing. We stop believing in our selves and in our potential for change, for peace, for a better world. It is when we encounter inspirational people like Maickel that have made it happen for themselves that a spark gets lit within and we find ourselves making different choices, or perhaps making the same choice with a different awareness.
A deeper question comes up for me, how can I be of service to the world, became a charged inspirational seed for others and how do I extend a hand to those who do not experiences the same personal liberties that I do? I don't know what the answer is, but I know that it is within my heart. Perhaps it is within yours too.
So for now, I offer you a read, sit with it... and allow it to touch your heart and let it blossom.
I previously wrote about Maickel on Day5 of my juice fast... long long ago!
May your days be filled of conscious choices,