Dear Friends of Mitchell's Journey,
Here is a short video that summarizes some of our accomplishments in 2017. We've done so much more than what's described here, but this will give you an idea as to where we've been and where we're headed.
Thank you for being part of this journey. In the end, Mitchell's Journey is more than the story of a little boy who died; it's about 300,000 people discovering new ways to live and love more deeply. It's about acknowledging life's hardships and finding the faith and courage to take a brave step into the unknown.
I have been in Wilmington North Carolina this week on business. During a break, I called a hospital/medical clinic to whom I gave a keynote on Mitchell's Journey and what happens to families on the other side of their practice of medicine. The next day I gave another presentation to their local community on ways to make moments matter with their loved ones.
I had grown to love and admire these good people in this community for the good they are doing to serve little children who are sick. I wanted to see how their clinic was doing and asked if I could drop by to say hello.
They were so kind to give me a tour of their new facility. They had worked hard to raise money to build a beautiful facility - and it was remarkable in every way. What struck me most was how excited they were ... not about a fancy place, but instead the little things they did to ease the worried hearts of little kids.
I admire the practice of medicine, but I admire most compassionate medicine. As we were nearing the end of the tour, I walked by a Neesha's office and I saw a framed picture of little Mitch. My heart swelled with gratitude to see an image of little Mitch as both a little boy remembered and a reminder of the deeper meaning of medicine.
Although life is hard at times, it is still good.
Getting ready to speak. In this address, I'll be sharing a tender story about little Mitch and big waves - and the idea we have no control over the waves that come our way, but we can control how we respond to them. With mindfulness, patience, and practice, we can enjoy the best possible outcomes - no matter what waves life sends our way. That, and other important stuff about how to care for our families and live a life of significance.
Kaden's family wanted us to see how they stretched their dollars from our grant to their family. We wee so inspired by their ingenuity and goodness.