Bravery; Our Journey of faith, Hope & love

bravery
Posted February 16, 2016 from Canada

One of the best feelings in the world is to give back....take an experience full of heartache and devastation, and turn it into apurpose to help others. This has become mymain desireand whyI wrote, Bravery; Our Journey of Faith, Hope & Love.

Up until 1998, I lived life in a naïve bubble. I never knew what great adversity felt like, or the depth of devastation that can occur. I always felt very grateful, but a little oblivious as to how life can turn on the drop of a dime. However, everything about my life changed after my son Avery was born with a critical heart defect, and not expected to survive. In the midst of his determined and courageous battle to live, my dad and mentor suddenly dies at home from a massive heart attack. Shortly thereafter, my three year old daughter, Jesse, is diagnosed with autism. I felt like I was swept up by a tornado and landed on another planet. At times it was all too consuming, and when I began to feel I lost my way, I am comforted by signs from my grandma in Heaven. Growing up as a child on her farm I would always find four leaf clovers, and although I was not outside of the hospital much, I kept finding them everywhere. There was no doubt; they were from Grandma, and the beginning of many miracles we find in Bravery. I didn’t realize it then, but all this was to become the catalyst to propel my life’s purpose. However, at the time I was just trying to stay sane and pray like the dickens that I would get to take my baby home. I remember thinking, “I don’t care what kind of shape he is in, I just want to bring him home.

After many months in ICU and multiple heart surgeries, Avery miraculously survived. Bringing him home was the most grateful experienceI have ever felt. I made a promise to always remain humble and gracious for the opportunity to raise my family with the highest appreciation. Seventeen years later,I have honoured this promise and will continue the rest of my life.

It has become my passion to help people understand how it is possible to live a wonderful life, even if it hasn’t gone as we expected or planned. Bravery raises people’s emotions to a broader understanding. We discover that although sometimes we don’t get a choice with what life sends our way, it is always our choice how we proceed. I am the last person I thought to ever write a book, but, I knew I had to take this experience and turn it into a purpose. Through my example, I wish to uplift andinspire everyone around the world!.

Another powerful message I love to speak to people, especially students, is about limitations. Not under any circumstance must we ever give up on our dreams, no matter what anyone says. We are the only onesto know our own capabilities, and no one has the right to belittle our aspirations! I almost didn’t write Bravery because mynarrow mindedEnglish Professor thought I was a waste of desk space. Often in our youth, we are insecure and impressionable and made tobelieve what professionals say. Well, I am so happy I pushed through those fearful insecurities to emerge the mindsettounderstand I could do anything I set my mind to! One of the best feelings I have found in this world is to help someone believe in themselves again. The sparkle returns in their eye and their smile becomes authentic. It’s magical to me.

Bravery is a true story all about love, compassion, and conquering life’s challenging obstacles with faith and perseverance.I would be so honoured if you can help Bravery reach its potential to be a conduit for positive change and discovery!

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you!

Kim Gemmell

Transforming the World from the Inside Out

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Emily Garcia
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Dear Bravery,

Thank you so much for sharing your story and your wisdom. I can feel so much love coming through your words. I am moved when you say "One of the best feelings I have found in this world is to help someone believe in themselves again." Lighting that spark within someone must be the most rewarding experience! What a difference from the effect on one who puts someone down. In that case you hurt yourself as well as someone else.

And I agree with you that we always have a choice in how we respond no matter what life brings us. You took a brave path and the world around you is all the better for it!

Sending so much love to you and your beautiful family. Thank you again for sharing this piece of your life with us, showing what it looks like to not only overcome but to transform adversity into something beautiful.

Warmest regards,

Emily

bravery
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Emily,

Thank you so much for your beautiful letter to me! It really made my day. I can see you have a wonderful generosity to inspire so many others to keep following their dreams, as well as provide the encouragement to find peace and happiness from your unconditional love!

You are truly a lovely person and I send blessings for the best in your future endeavours. I'm confident you will succeed in accomplishing your biggest desires!

With Love and Best Wishes,

Kim

Emily Garcia
Mar 30, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Thank you so much, Kim! Thank you for your incredibly kind words and for all the encouragement!

Love to you too!

Emily

bravery
Mar 30, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Very welcome; my pleasure!

I look forward to hear how your exciting  future unfolds for you!

Love,

Kim

Emily Garcia
Mar 30, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

=D <3

Precious Nkeih
Apr 06, 2016
Apr 06, 2016

Dear Bravery,

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

"One of the best feelings in the world is to give back....take an experience full of heartache and devastation, and turn it into a purpose to help others." These words are so profound.

May we all learn to live love and laugh despite the challenges that come our way.

Thank you!

Precious

bravery
Apr 06, 2016
Apr 06, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to send me your appreciation Precious! It really means so much to hear your encouraging thoughts.

God bless,

Kim

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 31, 2016

Dear Kim,

You have so many beautiful messages wrapped into this description of all that led to your book, Bravery. One of the most touching, and hopeful to me is this: "It has become my passion to help people understand how it is possible to live a wonderful life, even if it hasn’t gone as we expected or planned". Not everyone can or will find the heart filled courage to reach out to help others. That for you it is passion, speaks volumes about you. To read that a professor was so completely dismissive of you and that you found your way through self doubt kindled by him makes me jump for joy. What an important message to others who have been dismissed, and how lucky for us all that we can read your book. I plan to find it. My very best wishes to you and your family.

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

bravery
Jan 02, 2017
Jan 02, 2017

Thank you very much Tam for your wonderful comments, I appreciate so much hearing from others.  It's great to know that my story has a positive effect on people.

I was so excited to be hired by United Way as their Impact Speaker for their 2016 campaign. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Now that I am finished there until next summer, I will be branching out on my own with my motivational public speaking career! I'm so excited!

If you are looking for a copy of Bravery, you can order it on my website, or any online bookstore.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, and thanks again for contacting me.

Much Love,

Kim

www.kimgemmell.com