is a perspective change that results in life-changing reactions. It is a state-of-mind, knowing that you can have joy, laughter, and peace even during extremely difficult times.
is caring for others, even when it is not convenient, and taking time to be in the moment.
Below, we are highlighting ordinary people who are extraordinary because of their
has a very special place in Brittany Garrison’s heart. She had the honor of portraying Tracy Boyd for the Hamilton Gibson Productions in Wellsboro, PA, in 2012. A few years after her leading performance, Brittany had to channel Tracy’s strength when she faced a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis on her 30th birthday. The lines and songs of this fabulous, uplifting play kept her strong and sure while facing the unknown. That
continued when her father was diagnosed with throat cancer in the middle of recording a solo album, so she left Pittsburgh to be with her parents, helping her father finish his album using her voice.
When I was first involved in
, I saw a lot of myself in the main character and thought to myself, this is a sign and message for me to slow down and not be so driven to just get things done but instead enjoy more of the heart-to-heart connections with the people I love and those who are in my world. When it showed up a second time, it was like a bit of a check-in to see how am I doing with what I learned the first time as well as a louder call to get my check-ups and not wait, since I recently had a similar experience as the main character on a different level this time. Powerful show with powerful messages!
For Cadden Jones, the
experience came at a very challenging time in her life. Back in 2007 when she was cast in the NYC production, she was suffering from neurological symptoms that doctors were unable to diagnose, experimenting
with treatments that weren’t working. Having to perform through the discomfort was scary, and would have been unbearable for Cadden, but instead of giving up, she was able to channel the themes, lyrics and lessons of the show, holding onto faith, love and the courage to walk through the fear.
is a guidebook for all those living in fear and uncertainty, and a lesson for everyone to live in the present moment. Cadden is forever grateful that
came into her life when it did, and its message never fails her when she needs a reminder of what really matters.
Pamela Reckamp (who played Dr. Ossman in NYC this summer) uses her
by bringing relief supplies and helping the locals in Luquillo, Puerto Rico in the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She has returned four times bringing food, clothing, and solar lights to the local hospital; and this will likely be her primary residence in less than five years. Let’s give a standing ovation for Pamela and her commitment to others!