Aging is not something that all of us are afforded, and it is important to remember that we must cherish ourselves and our lives. No matter how many wrinkles, sags and seemingly unpleasant things may happen to our bodies, it is what is on the inside that counts. Be kind!
Many people hesitate to reach out when they’re feeling down and troubled. This song has helped lots of people through lonely times, and I hope it reminds you that you’ve got a friend here – and lots of them too – at Begin with Yes.
Every dog lover must watch this! If you don’t have a dog, you’ll want one after watching this. If you have a dog, you’ll go hug it. They exude love and the desire to feel connected, and isn’t that really what we as people are all about too?
Life goes by so fast and there are so many moments that we miss… moments that we just can’t re-create. The many subtle changes in this video are just a reminder of how life itself really is. It’s precious, so pay close attention!
Chris Ulmer is special needs teacher. Every day before class he compliments each of his students, and the result is beautiful! They follow his lead and compliment each other too, creating a wonderful and supportive peer environment.
This post is more for fun, but it also shows you that the only thing that matters is taking those steps forward – who cares how silly you may look doing it?!
This is a wonderful story of how dogs change inmates lives, but when you think about it, a little love is what makes it possible for all of us to change our lives. Watch how abandoned dogs teach criminals how to care, love, and be loved.
One day a man saw an old lady stranded on the side of the road, and in the dim light of day he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pinto was still sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried.
This song from “Finding Neverland” is a timeless story about the power of imagination, and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up. So tonight, let your imagination take over, and you might just find your Neverland!
When we find the courage to release our crutches (excuses) – just as this woman released her cane – we grab the potential to accomplish our goals. Letting go of things that hold us back – especially things of our own making – gives us power. You’ll find that there are many things of your own making that you can overcome!
What an amazing rendition of “Fix You” by the Young@Heart Chorus! You never know where life will take you when you say “yes!” In Fred Knittle’s case it took him to a place that was totally unexpected and into a world he never imagined.
The values and priorities of youth evolve over time. Every generation faces this, so we have to be the guideposts for our children – even as they become adults. Some things about parenting go well beyond the ages of our children, and many still seek the wisdom of their elders. Let’s be there for them!
It’s important to remember that life without fun is no fun! Sometimes we get so focused on pursuing our goals that we forget to have fun, when that may be just what we need! I hope these adorable grandmothers inspire you to have some fun too!
This performance of “Auld Lang Syne” is by Dougie MacLean. It’s actually an old Scottish poem sung as a traditional folk song which was used for many years before it was finally documented by Robert Burns. It’s 18th-century Scots language although it’s well known in many countries, especially in the English speaking…
Alzheimer's is a horrible disease. Thank God for people like Naomi Feil. See her incredible display of love and compassion for those afflicted with it and their families.
Simon Cowell, co-founder of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, is on an emotional deer rescue. You can see how passionate and caring he is about his work and his organization. Lying on the roadside after being hit by a car, the deer needed some…
Join me in doing just one small thing to make a difference today. If I can inspire just one person to be a bit more thankful, more appreciative, more loving, more open, or more giving, then my time on this earth today will have value.
We’ve all been told we can’t do something… that we’re too short, too heavy, too weak, too young or too old. And many times it’s the voice inside our own heads filling us with that self-doubt. Well, there is no “Can’t” in “Can”, but there’s a “Can” in “Can’t”!
This Vietnam Veteran and his dogs, Baily and Blaze, were reunited after 3 months. His dogs were taken to a shelter, and when they were told he may not make it the dogs were put up for adoption. Watch as he tried to adopt them!
This is a wonderful story for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s a beautiful story, but also one that makes us think and consider that there truly is a new life after death. Read “The Story of the Dragonfly”.
We've all treated someone in a way that we regret. Sometimes we have the chance to apologize and sometimes it's just too late. This is a story of the latter, and one that we can all learn from.
This song celebrates the passage of time in a child’s life, but “the seasons, they go round and round” for us all. I hope this serves as a gentle reminder to take steps toward your dream each day, or at least support those you love who do, especially the children.
Remember that warm fuzzy feeling when your parents read you a bedtime story? That is my wish for you tonight. If you'll go along with me I'll try to take you there, with the help of Susan Sarandon.
Want to feel good today? Try a random act of kindness! Here's one person's effort to offer random acts of kindness for her birthday. I think if we all celebrated our birthdays this way we'd actually look forward to them!
New friendships and great conversation… that’s what happens when you go for a walk and invite others to join you. Would you do this in your neighborhood? You’ll be amazed at the new experiences you can have if you just say YES!
If you’re struggling to take the next step toward accomplishing something, watch this. You’ll definitely be inspired. And while you’re feeling inspired… take a step. DO ONE THING to get yourself started!
Want to fall asleep with a smile on your face and peaceful thoughts? Watch these cute animal videos! Their cuteness will calm your mind and cleanse your mental palate, replacing the stress of the day, at least for a while. You can watch them now, but you’ll want to watch them just before you go to bed to get the full effect. Enjoy them and have a wonderful night’s sleep then wake up and be ready to Begin with Yes.
In his touching story called “My Christmas Eve” Bob Welsh recounts his experience as an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper on. As you gather for your holiday celebrations, be safe and happy, and be sure to thank those who work to make it so!
This is one of the most touching tributes to fallen soldiers I've ever seen. What this 11 year old boy did is amazing. His determination, courage and resolve to see his tribute through to the end are truly admirable. I hope you'll join me in sharing his work. He's truly a great man in the making.
“Dance like no one is watching” is easy to say, but how many of us can really do it with consistency? This woman seems to get it right… and just listen to the crowd!
There are thousands of stories from all branches of our military. Here’s one about how a cup of tea saved a sailor's life. It's not a spectacular story of bravery; but of one man’s twist of fate that brought him home alive.
What a sweet video! Loneliness and isolation are common feelings around the holidays, and the simple gift of caring can make a huge difference. Do something you today to let someone know that they are important and that you truly care.
This is an eye-opening social experiment that makes us wonder how we would react in these situations. Many of us make quick judgments based on what we see in front of us, when if we took a minute to think we'd know that there's always more than meets the eye. As with many things in life, a brief pause before reacting would likely change our action.
The anticipation of finding the perfect gift and making a delicious feast are put on the back burner as soon as you see your loved ones arrive for the holidays. You can’t help but realize that nothing else matters in this very moment, and enjoy a sweet embrace.
Losing weight takes determination, but a sense of humor helps too! I hope this parody of Adele’s song “Hello” helps you approach your goal with a sense of awareness, compassion, and a touch of humor to help handle the setbacks.
After reading this I just had to share. It's not just about how she treated her husband; it's about all relationships. And it's great advice. The lesson is one we can – and should – all learn from.
This is a beautiful reminded that we need to be more active in telling those we love why we love them. So many times we unintentionally make others feel unappreciated – not because we don't appreciate them or love them – but because we just don't say the words.
A little laughter to start your day is good for you! Laughing reduces stress, so as you go through your day, if anyone causes you stress just remember this video and laugh a bit… and let them wonder 😉
The song “Stumble and Rise” serves as a good reminder to keep moving forward. Listen to it here and let it bring you comfort and reassure you that it's all ok. And if you know someone who could use a bit of encouragement please share this and help them find the strength and courage to take the next step on their journey.
This TED Talk about big dreams and goals spoke to me and I bet it will speak to you too. Whether your dreams are about achieving financial security, pursuing an artistic passion, or taking steps toward a happier life, this talk provides solid steps to help you get there.
OK… One more baby video, since it’s so appropriate for Father’s Day and because your first Father’s Day is pretty special! Sometimes I imagine a world where we all look at each other with the same acceptance and love as when we look at babies. Just imagine what that would be like!
When looking through the eyes of compassion you may be brought to a totally different view. Here's “The Story of the Ugly Cat”: Everyone in the apartment complex where I lived knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat.
It seems like many of you like adorable baby posts… and I do to! Scientists say that smiling leads to a decrease in stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health. Imagine if you could wake up like this every day? Simpler times… laughter… it just doesn’t get any better!
Let this song get stuck in your head! Sing along like no one is listening and you'll feel the energy flow. Then use that energy to do one thing today toward becoming your authentic self. You'll feel better for it!
What a heartwarming story! Alex Lyngaas spent a year making a secret video of his mom, Eva, to help her find love, and now he's sharing it with the world. He posted it on YouTube and it's getting lots of attention. Her reaction is priceless, and although the results of search aren't in yet, the the number of young women who are interested in dating him is amazing.
The choices we make define our lives. These kids were put in a situation where they had to make a choice between getting something for themselves or their mom & dad. Their choices and reasons for making them are a lesson for us all.
At a high school in Chicago, a student conducted a social experiment and recorded the reactions of people as she told them they’re beautiful. The reactions are both surprising and heartwarming!
Someone sent me this and I just had to share. I love the reminder it gives us to always dance like no one is watching. It's good for your health too, both mentally and physically. Help share this positive message today!
“Good morning” is much more than a pleasant greeting; it’s a choice we get to make every day when we roll out of bed. What will you choose today? I hope this song helps you start your day on a good note! I couldn't decide which version to share so I included all of them, and I'm sure one of them will leave this tune in your head all day long! (you're welcome ;-))
Finding Neverland is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up. So tonight, let your imagination take over, and you might just find your Neverland!
What a wonderful story! Special thanks to all those involved in animal rescue who allow dogs like Layla, who was hit by a car and left to die, to be gifted with a second chance at life and feel the love of others that they so badly need and deserve.
This dad expected one kind of response and got something that was totally unexpected, but wonderful! What a great example of finding the good in a situation that was clearly set up to evoke a different reaction.
This is powerful stuff… not just the question she poses but how she describes what it means. I’m creating a virtual “Before I Die” wall here and would love to have you join me in this.
It’s way more powerful if you watch Candy Chang’s short presentation, so please check it out and share your “Before I die I want to…” statement in the comments below. Your statement will not only make you think about your life, but will inspire others too!
In the early day of “Begin with yes” I met a young man, Boris Vagner who is part of a band called “We The Ones.” I fell in love with what they we’re doing, their music and their message of love, and encouraged a few of you to join me in supporting their fund raising campaign. Fast forward to this week when…
This is one of my favorite songs! Most people don’t know it was written by Charlie Chaplin. Although he was famous for making movies with no words, this song is proof that he certainly knew how to use them! I hope you find some comfort and encouragement in these words.
This video made me smile at first, then it made me laugh because it’s so darn cute. I hope it helps brighten your day too and melts some of your stress away!
We all need a Bridge Over Troubled Water at times. Let this inspire you to ask for what you need or offer what you have. If you know someone who needs a bridge, share this as a way of offering a hand.
Someone asked me to share some ideas on how I find time to get so much done. I’d love to hear your ideas too so we can all learn some things, so please join in the conversation!
This story is a wonderfully simple lesson about kindness, patience, and consideration. I learned long ago that it's not always the adults who are teaching the children… that often it's the other way around. Read the story here…
Listen to “What You're Looking For” from the “Living With a Dream” compilation. The words that make this song especially meaningful for me are “trouble less, surrender more”, which to me is about being more present in the moment and not worrying so much about tomorrow. Focusing on the “here and now” and the things we can control vs. those we can't leads to a more fulfilling and peaceful life. If you want to use this song as a reminded you can get a copy on the Music page, where you'll also find other songs with inspirational messages.
If you're feeling a bit down today you just have to watch this video. I promise you'll smile and think back to simpler times and forget about your troubles, even if it's just for a few moments… but maybe that's just the break you need.
“When you focus your attention on the power you don’t have, you miss out discovering the power that you do have.” Most of us would like to feel more powerful and have more influence on how our lives unfold. Yet instead of seeking our power, we spend time waiting patiently for circumstances to manifest in ways we want them to.
This short video reminded me of what so many of you teach me every single day. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
This is a heartwarming story of a dog named Rosie being rescued from a life on the streets. She had a surprise in store for her rescuers when she led them to her newborn puppies!
Thanks to mothers everywhere. And to those who are missing their mother today, always remember that just because someone has left their body does not mean they’ve left your life. Love is forever and ever and ever! And ever!
When someone in need is put in your path, find the courage to act on it – that's when things really happen. Have you ever seen someone in need and not helped, only to have regrets afterward? Let this story inspire you!
There are many ways to build a life. The important thing is that you find your gift, whatever it may be, and embrace it. Live it. Breathe it. Love it. Some of us focus on our personal accomplishments and growth, and some of us focus on helping others. The truth is, it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around.
School principal Jeremy Day decided he wanted to take viola lessons so he joined his 5th grade students in music class. He even invited his dad to their first performance, just like all the other students. What a wonderful way to lead by example!
In this video pairs of people who can’t see each other are asked what they wish for in life. One person in each pair is affected by cancer. The differences in their answers are eye opening, and they'll open your heart too.
Have you ever said things to yourself like “I could have, I should have, I would have if…”? I’m writing this to encourage more of you to say YES and take a leap of faith sometime. Remember, YOU control the little voice in your head; it doesn’t control you! You’ll learn more from having some successes and failures than you ever will from standing still.
Sometimes it may seem impossible to continue on – like in this video – but if you dig deep down you can always find a way. Whether it's failing at love, failing to achieve your financial goals, failing to excel in your chosen career, or whatever your ambition may be, you only truly fail when you give up.
A 16 year girl who is battling ovarian cancer adopted “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten as her anthem to help her get through her fight with the disease. Thank you Ellen for giving such a boost to someone who needs all the encouragement and support she can get to win her battle.
This beautiful song from artist Dana Mase tells the true story of Arline, a woman who spent her life in an institution in New York. Help ensure that we never return to that practice by sharing this message to keep the memories alive.
I never expected I’d writing about cows, but I saw this and just had to share. I sincerely appreciate when my perspective on something is altered in such a positive and constructive way. I hope yours is too!
When you think of rainbows you think of harmony, but apparently it wasn't always so! I'm glad they resolved their differences, and their story leaves me with hope that the rest of the world will follow. Here's the Rainbow Story…
This video completely surprised the Vancouver Police Department! An officer posed as a vulnerable man in a wheelchair with a brain injury and videotaped his interaction in the community. Watch this and let your faith in humanity be restored.
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month so I thought I'd help inspire support by sharing a couple of incredible songs inspired by artists whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer's. “Unraveling” and “From His Window” are both amazing songs that help convey the devastating effects of this disease.
If you're ever feeling down, remember this saying: LAUGHTER makes LIFE feel LIGHTER. Find something funny to watch, go to a comedy show, or call a friend who makes you laugh. At some point you'll be looking at your situation with a different perspective and finding a bit of humor in whatever you're facing, and the world won't seem quite as daunting.
What happens when you put a preschool in a nursing home? Lots of wonderful things! An inter-generational learning center in Seattle, Washington has being doing it for years and the results are wonderful for all involved.
To those who have lost a loved one, I hope you will take a moment to leave a note of love and gratitude on this wall. Join me in remembering those who travel beside us, not visible to us physically, but always present in our hearts.
We all know that laughter can be incredibly contagious. Think about the last time you laughed at something with a friend, and their laughter just made you laugh even harder. Invite them over and make this one of those days!
What’s YOUR family dinner like? Dinner time is the perfect time to be technology-free and enjoy each other’s company, but many families struggle to come together over a meal. This video will inspire you to try to change that! You’ll be glad you did.
Listen and be inspired! The vast majority of the world lives in peace, and for all the problems in the world today, there are many wonderful things happening too. When we lose sight of all the good, we begin to lose hope. Hold on to hope!
Meet Ernie Andrus, a 92-year-old Navy veteran who is running across the United States. His goal? To put the ship he served on back in Normandy for the D-Day memorial in 2019. What an inspiration… Go, Ernie, Go!
This little girl adds an incredibly kind twist to an ordinary lemonade stand. She didn’t just reduce the typical 50-cent price of a cup of lemonade, she completely eliminated it!
While we hope and pray for no more wars, until then let’s be thankful for those who put their lives on the line when needed. Join me in sharing this tribute in honor of all the men and women who have fought for our freedom.
The history, stories and wisdom elders have to share is important, so ask them some questions and then offer the patience to really listen. You’ll be amazed by what they have to offer. It’s an invaluable gift and it’s yours for the asking!
Aidan, a 13 year old boy with autism, is the most in-demand volunteer at the VA Medical Center St. Cloud, Minnesota. People remember how you make them feel, and Aidan has a knack for making everyone feel important and cared for!
It’s kind of hard to not like dogs. Their love is unconditional and you know if they could they’d do anything for you, even make you dinner! But watch out… because you never know what they’ll put in it like this little guy!
Meet Felimina Rotundo, a 100-year-old woman who works 11 hour days 6 days a week! This is an impressive story that will provide you with some inspiration and motivation today!
The next time you think that you can’t possibly make a difference in this world, consider this story. Remember that even the smallest gesture can change someone’s day, and sometimes, even an entire life.
What an amazing dialog! I don’t think any of us consider life to the degree this 9 year old does! Things happen, we react, end of story. We usually don’t analyze things to reach a higher level of understanding. But maybe we should!
Does fate really play such a strong role in our lives? For Adopted sisters, Holly and Meagan, fate had a tremendous role in reuniting them after 40 years and being worlds apart! There was a larger force in play in this heartwarming story.
You don’t need great talent to make a great difference, but you do need to put what talent you have into action. This little girl’s action of singing to her mother to help her through her fight with cancer has made a huge difference and touched millions of lives.
Help share this heartwarming story which captures the adoption journey of Sunflower Mae and her family. By sharing their joy you’ll help inspire others to consider adopting a child with special needs. You can make a difference!
This is a fun, inspiring project and it makes me want to get out there and do the same thing in my own community! What makes YOU a kind stranger? Hint: There’s no right or wrong answer!
Rosie Jon was born without both of her lower arms, and uses her upper arms and feet to complete ordinary every day tasks. What she does with her feet and a paintbrush, however, is anything but ordinary. A truly inspriational and Begin With Yes woman!
The little boy was born with his eyes fused shut, causing him to be blind. That didn’t stop him from learning how to play music before he could even walk, though. And today his repertoire just keeps growing! If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is!
This mom created a beautiful re-write of Hallelujah. This is the kind of person I root for… the talented and ambitious people whose dreams come second to responsibilities. What’s your dream? And what steps are you taking? Don’t just ask yourself these questions… answer them!
This is a pretty creative video, but also an important message about life. Check it out and get a reality check on balancing your personal and work time. Don’t be afraid of or feel guilty for taking time off – you’ve EARNED it!