Monday, April 23, 2012

MM Circle of Inspiration - Tale of March Madness



I am kicking off Mentoring Mondays - Circle of Inspiration with a wonderful post that touched my heart just over a year ago, a post that I have to thank for bringing a wonderful friend into my life, she's definitely a Disney Sister - Donna from DIStherapy.  I can't remember how I came across this post from Donna, I do however remember the first time I read "Tale of March Madness - How Basketball Rescued My Autistic Son."


I remember wiping away tears as I read her son's story of triumph, and I remember feeling a little ashamed at how I take my children's health for granted.  I remember thinking how God never gives you a problem he can't help you handle, and how lucky this little boy was to have Donna as his Mother.  It reminded me that you can never give up hope, and to always keep looking for answers.  And I remember smiling through those tears, it is truly a touching story.  If you have not read it already hurry over and read it right now - Donna has an update later in this post.



In the year since this I first read Donna's post I have been fortunate to get to know her and am honored to call her my friend.  I was lucky enough to have her guest post here at Disney Donna Kay with some great running tips, and I was very excited to participate in her 40 days to 40 Years series. We are both columnist at the WDW Fan Zone, as well as writers for the Magical Blogorail (she's part of the Yellow Line).  She is truly as wonderful as I thought she would be after reading her "Tale of March Madness."

From Donna:


Over the past year, Donna has inspired so many Disney bloggers with her genuine sense of community and respect for eldering;  Mentoring Mondays, Disney Party Boards, and now Circle of Inspiration, have established a permanent support system and "sister/brotherhood" for so many of us. And so, I jumped at the chance to participate in Donna's latest series, but was not prepared for the honor to write this piece today.  When I published my first post last March, I had no idea where my blog, or my son, would be in 12 months.  As it ends up, he traded in his Duke University dreams for the reality of the more successful Georgetown Hoyas; he is truly moving onward. Devin suddenly does not require the crutch of his basketball, and will be leaving for Washington D.C. in the fall.  Somebody pinch me.  On the :DIStherapy front, I can now more successfully insert photos into my posts!  I've learned SO much about blogging (mostly from my fellow bloggers), but as with most of life, the more I grow, the more I realize I have a lot more to learn- from my son, my friends, and my now tried-and-true fellow Disney comrades.  Thank you so much Donna for leading the way!  It is no surprise that you are a Walt Disney historian, because you understand and translate his philosophies so well.  "WWWD?"- he'd be reading Disney Donna Kay!! 


Love you girl, I am so excited that you are a part of my Circle of Inspiration!! I know you will love Donna as much as I do, be sure to look for her on Facebook - and Twitter - and of course at Distherapy.

As part of my Mentoring Mondays - Circle of Inspiration, I am asking my guests to refer you to a favorite post on their own blog.  This is a little awkward, but since it's my turn, I would ask you to read my tongue-in-cheek look at visiting Walt Disney World in July.  If you have ever been to the parks at a peak time, I am sure it will make you laugh.

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

10 comments:

  1. What a great way to kick off Mentoring Mondays! I can't think of a better way then to start with DISTherapy, one of my favorite sites!

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    1. Hi Mike!! I totally agree, I can't think of a better way to start the week than with an inspirational post from :D!!

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  2. Donna, How can I express how "inspirational" your "Circle of Inspiration" truly is? You have challenged us all to be better bloggers, better friends, better people. I'm touched beyond what I can write here. Mike- you are always so gracious, and another true Disney role model.
    xxoo

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    1. Hugs D - you are too sweet, and you continue to inspire me all the time. :)

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I wholeheartedly agree!!

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  4. Yes! I remember this! What a truly wonderful idea Donna Kay and to you Donna from DisTherpy...you are an inspiration. I love this segment Donna Kay...Walt would be proud of you. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Kelly!! I am very humbled, and would love nothing more than to think I would have made Walt proud. :)

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  5. I want to thank both of you for inspiring me every day. I love reading both of your blogs and I'm Thankful to call both of you my friends..

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    1. You are so sweet, thanks Diane!! I hope you will join in and share your favorite inspirational post. Email me!! :)

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