If we just opened our hearts a little, the world would be filled with goodness.
What does Goodness mean to you?
To me, goodness is doing something for someone selflessly & not expecting anything in return. It's giving it your all, and yet you always feel as it costs you nothing. It's something as simple as a smile or the smallest gesture of going out of your way for someone else, like picking up something they left behind. It's offering a lending ear or a shoulder to cry on. It's caring for someone other than yourself - saying hi, checking in with them, letting them know you're thinking of them. Simply put, it's being human.
The thing with goodness is it can be found ANYWHERE. And sometimes we get discouraged thinking we have to make an extra effort to be a better person, but in reality, it's innate and if we just let it out, the world would be such a better place.
Where do you find goodness?
The thing with goodness is it can be found ANYWHERE. And sometimes we get discouraged thinking we have to make an extra effort to be a better person, but in reality, it's innate and if we just let it out, the world would be such a better place. Because every single person needs a little love and somebody thinking of them. If we just opened our hearts a little, the world would be filled with goodness.
What is something that you have seen/read/heard lately that has brought a smile to your face?
Something that has recently brought a smile to my face: as you know, I am going through an aggressive treatment. I made a request for each person to do one good deed done in my merit for a full recovery. The response that has generated was so remarkable, it is actually indescribable. I received video messages from people I can't wait to meet. Actions done in my merit from toy donations to ill children to personalized bracelets with proceeds donated to charity. But, of all that I have received, there is one thing that I cannot stop thinking about: a man I know briefly after a few exchanges here and there wrote me a letter. A full page letter. For me. Signed and everything. He wrote a letter expressing how I impact his life on a daily basis. I won't get into details, but it was one of the most beautiful messages that I selfishly saved to read over and over. But that isn't what made this so impactful. What really got to me was the fact that this person isn't a sensitive teenage girl going through hormonal phases. This is coming from a grown gentleman. He didn't just go out of his workday to voluntarily reach out to me, but expressed his feelings in the raw. That means that he sacrificed his masculinity to do so. That's the most courageous act I have witnessed. To me, that's goodness.
The middle of five siblings, Cheri grew up in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Upon graduating Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, Cheri was diagnosed with an autoimmune, neurological disorder. Within two weeks, Cheri lost complete mobility, no longer capable of swallowing, breathing, or speaking on her own. Spending months in rehab, Cheri progressed and regained some strength. After some years, Cheri took the initiative and pursued her education. Graduating magna cum laude from Brooklyn College, Cheri earned her degree in health and psychology. Leading by example, Cheri encouraged everyone around her to "just keep swimming". Finally breaking her silence, Cheri began showing the world that there was more to life than just physicality. Creating #BecauseICan, Cheri illustrates that although she may seem like a girl who went from being a fit dancer with a passion for art and design to a wheelchair-bound young adult overnight, Cheri's drive for perseverance hatched into the strong, open minded woman she is today. Cheri continues to progress her fighting battle. She's taken something negative and not only made it into something positive, but instilled that message into others. With her contagious smile, Cheri stops at nothing, making the best of every situation. She reminds us all that even in the darkness, we can still appreciate the light...
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