073: The 'Best' This Moved Me Moments of 2015


Hello 2016!

Re-entry from vacation is always a little bumpy. I will admit, I got quite used to busting into appetizers and a bottle of wine at about 4pm (ok, 3) each day - so I'm doubling down on my smoothie/green intake this week hoping to neutralize pretty much everything. Ha!

I'm still not quite done with reflecting and revisiting 2015. I couldn't help but to do one more round-up of 2015 - my favorite part of the show each week: the This Moved Me Moments!

I have a hard time picking "favorites" of most anything. But, I wanted to recognize some of the most memorable This Moved Me Moments from 2015.  I edited together some of the best audio stories that were shared on the show - highlights from Lindsey O'Connor's episode, Kate O'Reilly's episode, and Joe Beckman's episode - among a few others (you can listen here).

But I also wanted to gather together some of the other memorable pieces here on the blog, that are not easily shared by audio.  Here are some of the standouts:

The one with the great quote: [from Jane Cavanaugh's episode]

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.”  ~George Bernard Shaw

The one with the gross frog video: [from Joe Beckman's episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndQZBQJf034]

The one that really inspired me: [from Jeff Goins' episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE1TVwqiTYU]

The one with the great music: [from Nick Morgan's episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-cqCA6UmA8]

The one with the 'wow' poem: [From Hank Fortener's Episode, from Hank himself]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIh8GjSffKo]

The one that's smarty and artsy: [from the Aly Wallberg episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxPz2oABLcc]

The one that gave me goose-bumps: [from Carla Rieger's episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fQG4CcoRuM]

The one that totally tricked me: [From Malcom Chapman's episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V9QHBgrPNY]

(omg, I'm still laughing)

The one that made me cry: [From John Sandahl's episode] "They may have guns, but we have flowers."

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkM-SDNoI_8]

The new one from TED:  [from Paul Angone's episode] -"I exist." [Please note - I don't think he delivered it particularly well - but it's powerful nonetheless.]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKHk_UiQboA]

Especially this part... go ahead and watch this and not be moved:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7sKVKMO2s]

The one that turned me on to a new podcast (no pun intended, I swear): [from Aly Wallberg's episode]

Death, Sex and Money - people sharing the stories that we normally don't talk about.

And - finally - The one that made me laugh: [from Jack Stahlmann's episode]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgX2HY2iyVQ]

Here's the thing - this is just a sampling. Because, in the words of one of my first guests, Scott Voss - if you aren't finding a "This Moved Me Moment" every day of your life, you are just not paying attention.

I totally agree.

Here's to a 2016 that moves you!