Inspiration can come from multiple sources: movements, literature, and survivor stories are a few sources of inspiration. The #FierceFlaws movement, the book Yellow Tulips on a Cloudy Day, and the story of amputee Kevin as told about on The Doctors are just examples of each.
The movement #FierceFlaws was debuted on The Doctors by models Rosie Mercado and Hunter McGrady. This project is a photo shoot aimed at people who feel their bodies are flawed embracing their bodies. These people participated in a photo shoot in undergarments to embrace and celebrate their bodies. The photo shoot and resulting photos were celebrated on The Doctors, even by the participants. These individuals took the affirmation and celebration with them after the photo shoot into their daily lives.
Books such as Yellow Tulips on a Cloudy Day by Christy Sims can inspire people. Christy Sims is a public speaker, author, a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a survivor, and advocate against domestic violence. In 2013, while living in Georgia, she was burned over 20 percent of her body with sulfuric acid by her boyfriend. Her entire face, neck chest, and arms were the affected portions of her body. After spending two months in a medically induced coma, she has endured numerous surgeries to try to repair the extreme damage. Christy’s abuser was finally brought to justice over two years later. Not only has Christy shared her struggles and journey in this book, but she has also shared on multiple media venues, including The Doctors television program, and through public speaking engagements. Her story has spread worldwide and she has been awarded for her courage and work on behalf of victims around the world. The book tells her survival story and how faith, hope, and love of family, friends, and others can prevail despite life’s most difficult circumstances.
Kevin is the husband and father from Grand Rapids, Michigan whose story was told on The Doctors. A case of Strep Throat led to this active father losing his hands and feet. Kevin and his wife Julie were on the show chronicling their journey. They have supported each other, found support from friends, family, and their church. The Doctors came to their aid by working out the provision of a handicap accessible van and prosthetics for Kevin. The perseverance, faith, and love shown by everyone involved can inspire us all.
Inspiration can be found by worthy things you see, read, and hear. Be inspired! Have a bright day!