An excerpt from Be the Miracle

I’ve never forgotten the day I was a ball of stress and stopped to pay for parking.

In most parking lots, you pull up, the person takes your money, gives you change, and you pull away. Your eyes never meet and neither of you remembers the encounter.

This time the attendant looked me in the eye, greeted me, shook my hand, and gave me a blessing before I left.

He told me he loved his job and saw it as his ministry to bless people as they passed through his parking lot into the rest of their day. Where I saw a mere money collector, he saw a mission in life. He left me feeling renewed and calm.

We’ve all had moments like that. They happen when you are with people who know that everyone matters, that you don’t have to make a lot of money to make a big difference, that you can simply start where you are and magnify the good.

For the past 26 years, I’ve had the privilege to be a columnist at the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and before that, at the Beacon Journal in Akron. I’ve had a front-row seat on life. Ordinary people from all walks of life have opened their hearts and shared with me how they’ve made the impossible possible. You’ll meet some of them in this book, since some of these essays originally appeared in those newspapers.

My cancer journey inspired my first book, God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours. My readers inspired my second book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible.

I hope this book will challenge you to be your best self, to go make something possible, to be the miracle.

Read just one of these inspiring (and entertaining) anecdotes of morally heroic everyday people and you’ll be tempted to read them all – and then go out and change your corner of the world.
— Family Circle