Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Power of Positive Thinking

For YAI Hastings resident Jared Berzow, “No” is not a word in his vocabulary. Recently, while selling homemade chocolate lollipops and Central Park Challenge raffle tickets at an A&P in Hastings, NY, Jared reminded his peers and the community about the role that optimism plays in success. “Would you like to buy a raffle ticket to support the YAI Central Park Challenge?” Jared asked supermarket customers. While many eagerly purchased tickets, one customer said “No” and walked briskly past an enthusiastic Jared.

Rather than feeling upset by the negative response, Jared’s focus turned to identifying a positive, proactive approach to remedying the situation. He could have let the customer just walk away, but Jared instead chose to pose a very simple question: “Why not?” he asked calmly.

In this moment, the customer stopped and turned around. He paused for a moment, unsure of what to say. Finally he moved closer to Jared, aware that his reason was only haste. “You’re right,” he calmly spoke. “I have no reason.” And with that, five raffle tickets were purchased.

Next time you are rushing to accomplish tasks and make it through the day, think of Jared’s story. You will be reminded of a passionate spirit who made a difference in the world by simply asking “why not?”

You can make a difference, too.  There is still plenty of time to register for the Central Park Challenge on June 5, 2010. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to join you for the 5K Run, 3K Walk or in the Children’s Play Area.

If you would like to directly support Jared’s fundraising efforts, you can join his walk team or make a donation by clicking here!

Together, the YAI Network and you have the power to walk, run and change lives for people with disabilities. After all….why not?

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