Moving Motivational Email Story…from John O’Leary

You know…I was just feeling a little tired and somewhat self-absorbed this morning…and then John sends me this email story.  WOW…TOTALLY inspired me to make today a day of completion, high productivity and focus on helping others.  For more about John listen to his radio show at 6pm CST, Wednesdays and Fridays online at  and visit his website:  .  Read below:

Motivation Message
– January 27, 2012


The Wish 

“Don’t wish it were easier.  Wish you were better.” Jim

How often do you go around wishing for things to happen?  Over the many
years of your life, think of ALL your wishes – around birthday cakes, Santa’s
lap, waiting for the phone to ring.  How often do those wishes actually become
reality?  What if someone could actually grant you that wish?  Not in
theory or for pretend, but in reality?

What would you wish for?

After speaking at conference earlier this week, a pediatric
oncologist came up and gave me a big hug.  She shared the impact of my
story on her.  The message reminded her how profoundly important her work
is for the patients she serves; it reminded her how much she mattered; and it
reminded her of how much she loved the people she served.  I asked her to
share her favorite experience from work.

She hesitated and became visibly emotional as she told me about a
little 8-year-old boy.  She’d gotten to know him well over the months of
his battle with cancer.  It was a battle he was no longer capable of

There was a special day when a representative of Make-A-Wish came
into his room.  These are the beautiful people who make a sick child’s
dream come true.  From going to Disney World to meeting a pro athlete to
riding in a fire truck – whatever the wish becomes reality.

She asked the little boy if he understood.  He did.  So
she asked him what he wished for.

He looked around the room, at his parents, then back to the woman
and responded: “My parents don’t know how sick I am; they don’t know I am
dying.  My wish is that they be at peace when I am gone.”

Don’t somehow miss what he just wished for.  Read it again.

Here’s a little boy, able to meet any celebrity or athlete, take
any trip, receive any toy in the world….and he uses his one wish to bring
peace to his parents once he is gone.

So often our wishes are for our life to get better.  This
little dying boy reminds us that our real wish should instead be that we get
better.  In understanding the joy of what life is really about it frees us
to wish for things that are worthy of hoping for, moving toward, taking action
on, and celebrating with others.  It provides meaning in our living and
peace in our dying.

Today, feel free to wish to excel at being a superior student,
nurse, executive, parent and leader.  Set massive goals in life and move
boldly toward them.  But also understand that real success is not the
attainment of goals, it’s the person you become along the way.

** By the way, Make-A-Wish told him they’d do everything in their
power to ensure that his wish became realized.  But asked if there might
be any other wish they could grant.  His only other dream was pretty
simple: He loved the name – and the look – of the Jeep Liberty.  He wanted
to go for a ride in a brand new Liberty.  His wish was granted as his last
car ride from the hospital was in the front seat of a brand new Jeep Liberty.

If only all wishes were as easy to realize.


John O’Leary


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