Warn Us, Zillow

Commercials that can tug at your heartstrings THIS much need to come with a warning.  I mean…seriously.  Grab a tissue before you hit play.  I promise it’s worth it, trust me.

Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all in one 60 second spot.  One of my favorite recent commercials 🙂

Bravo, Zillow.  You nailed what it means to be “home” – having loved ones nearby and keeping the memories alive of those who have gone before us.

Cheers!

SMR

 

Basketball Cop

Many people heard the original story of the Basketball Cop in January 2016 – a Gainesville, Florida police officer responded to a complaint about some kids and teens playing basketball too loudly in the streets.  (Side note – REALLY people??  Really?  Complaining about kids playing outside?  You need a hobby.)

The officer told the kids that someone complained about the noise but said he had no problem with it.  Then he joined them and shot hoops for a bit.  The dash cam video of the encounter is pretty awesome.  More kids ended up joining in, and the officer left saying, “I might bring some back-up” after asking if the kids played there every day.

After the dash cam video went viral, Officer Bobby White made good on that promise and brought back-up…other officers and SHAQ.  Dude’s a big, big man.  He played ball with the kids and gave them some words of wisdom about respecting their peers, their elders, and especially their parents.

Soon after, people had started sending basketballs and hoops, and he thought it would be cool to raise funds to build a basketball court or two.  He did just that, and then started the Basketball Cop Foundation.  Their mission is “to connect law enforcement agencies across the countries with kids in their communities.  This will be accomplished primarily by supplying agencies with sports equipment.  The recipient agency will then in turn donate the equipment to groups if kids in their community through their patrol officers.

At the time that this follow-up story aired on ESPN’s College GameDay in February, Officer White said the foundation had donated portable basketball goals and hundreds of basketballs to 28 agencies across the country AND had built two full NBA-sized courts in the community, too.

It feels like police officers more often than not are in the news for unpleasant reasons rather than stories like this, and as someone who has close friends in law enforcement, it makes me SO happy to see news like this 🙂

Watch the short video in the link below, and enjoy!  And while you’re at it, thank a police officer in your community, too.

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18617245

Cheers!

SMR

Dude, Be Nice.

I don’t know a lot about the Dude Be Nice folks/project, but I came across a video they produced a few months back and L-O-V-E-D it.  They helped a group of students at a high school out in California say thank you in a very unique way to their School Resource Officer (SRO), Officer Mitch.

From my understanding, SROs are police officers who work in schools to provide not only provide security and law enforcement but also serve as informal counselors, mentors, educators, emergency responders, and someone to act as a positive influence towards the kids.  It is such an important role, especially considering recent events here in the US.

The video shows how the students expressed their appreciation to Officer Mitch and talked about ways he helped the students.  As one example, one student explained that he struggled with anger problems,so Officer Mitch helped him by talking with him and working out with him in the school’s weight room.  He knew that exercising could be a stress reliever for the student and help him deal with his anger in a more positive way,

Side note – this guy, Officer Mitch, is funny, too.  He says in the video, “I promised myself two things when I became a police officer – not to be a jerk and not to let myself get fat.” 🙂

(insert all the jokes about cops and donuts here)

It really is a wonderful video.  It will warm your heart and show a side of law enforcement that many people may not know about.

Enjoy!

The Innocence of a Child and the Power of a Hug

I remember reading about this story when it first came out last year, but I LOVE the follow-up piece that CBS Sunday Morning did this week. 

A small girl was in the grocery store with her mom when she randomly decided to strike up a conversation with an elderly gentleman.  She ended up giving him a hug and asking for a photo with him. 

Little did she know that this man had been in a long depression after losing his wife.  That little interaction turned his life around, and they now have a great friendship 🙂  

Click the link below to see the heartwarming story. 

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/a-chance-encounter-brings-a-new-purpose-in-life/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab6i&linkId=32923793
Cheers!

SMR

Wednesday Words – The Darker the Road, The Brighter the Light

My cousin Tyler was in a horrific accident in New Zealand in April 2014.  He had to be cut out of the car he was in and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of the crash.  Nine out of ten people who suffer the type of TBI that he did are in a lifelong coma, but miraculously (and through a LOT of prayers, positive vibes, and good thoughts), he beat those odds when quite frankly he probably shouldn’t have survived.

Since the crash, he’s been spreading awareness for TBIs, raising funds for research through various adventures, and spreading his message of perseverance, hope, determination, and moving forward.  He’s truly been living, and I don’t have the words to accurately describe how thankful my family is that he’s still around and how proud of him we are.

He was asked to do a TED Talk at the University of Kentucky late last year, and the footage has recently been uploaded to YouTube. He talks about his injury, rehab, and a fundraising hike of the Pacific Crest Trail he completed in the fall.

Watch the short video below to hear his story.

Cheers!

SMR

We Need More Stories Like This.

Happy Friday Eve y’all 🙂

Over the past few years, there have been several widely-known events in which police officers were shown/portrayed in a negative fashion.  Having several friends who are in law enforcement has sparked interesting discussions and provided a different perspective than what’s in the media.

The story in the link below has gone viral over the past couple of days, and I love it.  A gentleman from Arizona details a recent traffic stop in which he was pulled over by a Tucson police officer.  It’s an honest and insightful account of what happens many times every day in the world of law enforcement.

http://fox6now.com/2015/10/29/mans-facebook-post-about-traffic-stop-goes-viral/

It’s human nature to sometimes focus too much on the bad rather than the good.  Often times, people are far louder about sharing news about the negative rather than the positive, not only when it comes to police officers, but just with life in general.

Thank you, Steven Hildreth Jr., for sharing your experience.  We need more stories like this 🙂

Cheers!

SMR

 

“Help Some People Walk Again.”

I’m baaaaaaack 🙂

Life.  The next six weeks are going to be particularly busy, so it’s going to be even more important for me to get back into the bloggy routine and take some time out of the crazy for #findingthehappy.

Wednesday Words!  I am so so proud of the young man in the latest video on this Facebook page, The Hike for Heads.  Tyler is one of my many awesome cousins, and a year and a half ago, he was in a horrific car accident in New Zealand and suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  He has miraculously recovered, and over the past few months he’s been hiking the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) with a couple buddies from Mexico to Canada to raise awareness and money for TBIs.

While his 2,660 mile walk on the PCT has finished, he is continuing on the quest to help those with TBIs.  If you or someone you know has been affected by a TBI, please consider donating money or sharing this initiative to (in Tyler’s words) ‘help some people walk again’ 🙂

The video of Tyler’s message is on their public Facebook page (no need to have a Facebook account to access):  https://www.facebook.com/hike4heads

Click the link above, check out the post from the afternoon of Tues 9/29 that starts with “The 2660 mile journey from Mexico to Canada is now finished! Wow. Honestly, it’s difficult to put into words how I feel.”

Tyler, if you’re reading this, you’re simply amazing.  I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished and am privileged to call you FAMILY.  See you soon! xoxo

Tyler H4H photo

Cheers!

SMR