Last week I wrote about how the homeless in my city have inspired me. Let me tell you about someone else who has done that.
Not long ago Chris Rosati was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, an illness given much press by the recent ice bucket challenge so many are taking. It is a devastating illness. Several years ago I watched it ravage a friend’s body and end his life.
I don't know but imagine Chris Rosati may have struggled mightily when he learned his fate, but I am inspired by what he has gone on to do. First, he made known a dream he had to give away 1000 Krispy Kreme donuts to people all over his town of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Krispy Kreme folks got wind of his idea and helped Chris make it happen.
Now Chris has gone on to organize something he calls BIGG--Big Ideas for the Greater Good. In a nutshell, this is a program to encourage young people to start what Chris calls an “epidemic of kindness.” He knows he may not be around much longer, but he still believes he can make a difference.
When given bad news, we can let it knock us into a pit of despair or we can find in it an opportunity to do something we may never have thought of doing. From ALS to BIGG--that’s a real mind change. Thank you, Chris. I want to promote your epidemic. This is something we all need to catch.