I watched as two women recounted what they called “the moment that saved their lives”. For one woman, it was two years ago when ABC Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach revealed that a live mammogram resulted in a cancer diagnosis. For the other, it was the moment her boyfriend told her about Robach’s announcement.

(Photo Credit: ABC News/Good Morning America)
(Photo Credit: ABC News/Good Morning America)

Hearing the news stirred both women to get their own mammograms, which revealed their own cancer diagnoses.

They described how they spent weeks in treatment, and survived because they were inspired to get a mammogram.

Those women later got the chance to meet Robach on ABC’s “The View” and thank her for doing what she did.

Then, with tissues in hand, one said, “If I could pay this forward, on one other person…”

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That one moment of inspiration had such a positive impact on her life, she wanted to share what she learned and how it changed her.

I think we’ve all had moments like that–where we are so inspired by something, we just want to do something. We want others to see and hear and know all about the thing that changed us, changed the way we live, changed the way we create.

Whenever we feel something makes us better, we do more than remember it and how it made us feel; We let it make an impact.

And we do that when we take action, apply that inspiration to our lives, and share the fruits of it.

Every encounter with positive inspiration won’t define the line between life and death, but I believe it will always challenge us and make us want to pay it forward.


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This is Day 19 of the series, 31 Days of Inspired Living. Join me through the month of October as I write about what I think it looks like to find the inspiration that makes us better. I’ll also offer some encouragement for your journey. In case you missed a day, you can find previous posts in the series here.


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