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Tuesday, January 3,2012

Big Miracle

Inspired by a true story

By Liz Sterling  


There is hope and without it, nothing really matters. No matter where you are, or what has happened before, each moment is a new beginning. I truly believe, in my heart of hearts, the hope of humanity is to unite together and create a world that is free of strife and hunger and born of love and joy.

My experience creating this Big Miracle article is filled with joyful tears as I realize we stand at a true turning point in history. Although we see collapse around us, it is the hope for a new tomorrow that binds us.

Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world in 1988, the rescue adventure movie, Big Miracle, tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter, Adam (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer, Rachel (Drew Barrymore), who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson can’t wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost and time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. The incident created a temporary Cold War thaw as President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev found a common cause to work together at the top of the world.


Three resounding messages come to life in this film, scheduled for release on February 3, 2012. Within everyone there is hope; within everyone there is courage; and within everyone there is power: Hope. Courage. Power.

This month’s feature celebrity is YOU and ME. It’s all about us; who we are, what we hope for… and the courage it takes to inspire our inner resolve and tap into the power that is inherent within.

Use the quotes below to inspire you. Remember your inner strength and draw upon the support of your family, friends, community and the emerging global world to feel unified and connected. Drew Barrymore moved me when she said, “We humans are a lot like those big, powerful whales. At times we can be scared and vulnerable and sometimes we need other people’s help. And in the end, everything’s going to be OK.”


“Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes, and seeing them gratified. He that labors in any great or laudable undertaking has his fatigues first supported by hope, and afterwards rewarded by joy...Samuel Johnson “You are to gather up the joys and sorrows, the struggles, the beauty, love, dreams and hopes of every hour that they may be consecrated at the altar of daily life.” MacRina Wiederkehr


“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” Alan Cohen


“Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon, “Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who ... have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow May your year be filled with love and joy --- in each and every moment.


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