Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

All it takes is Love.


I fell in love this morning. I fell into that deep, infinity pool of knowing we are all One. We are all connected. We are all magnificent. That place where I feel inspired by my fellow human beings. Where I feel uplifted by we the people.

My headfirst dive into the pool happened because of two brothers, Connor and Cayden Long. I’d never heard of them before. Never read any of their story until this morning when I wandered over to Cassandra’s blog, My Life Is My Message, and dove into all the wonder she shares of inspiring people around the world. As one reader said, I got infected!

I like this disease. I like how it infuses my body with hope. How it fills my heart with joy. I like that in the stories Cassandra shares I too feel empowered and inspired to get into action. She even shares easy steps all of us can take to be the change we want to see in the world on her ADVICE page. She shows us how easy it is to make a difference!

Cassandra’s no small slouch when it comes to being inspiring. She’s volunteered all over the world to help educate and support children in developing nations. She volunteered in Haiti after the earthquake. And, she is constantly volunteering here online, sharing the wonder she finds.

In the ABOUT ME section of her blog, Cassandra writes,

This blog is for anyone who, like me, is addicted to inspiration – for those who remember that to live is a verb; who endeavour to give more of themselves and get more from their lives – to live with passion, to take action, to love completely, and seek peace  (both inner and outer); for those who aspire and inspire and seek to be inspired.

In Cassandra’s words, Connor Long is living the verb of life in action. And Love.

Connor Long is 9 years old. His brother Cayden is 7. Cayden has Cerebral Palsy. He can’t walk or talk. He can’t run, bike or swim — on his own. But with his brother he can do all those things, and he does. Connor and Cayden compete in Kids Triathalons. Connor pulls his brother in a trailer and when he swims, he pulls a rubber raft behind him in which his brother lies, smiling and pumping his fist in the air. They may not win medals but they sure do capture every heart. They are a team. They are brothers. They are love.

I cried when I watched their video. I cried and was grateful for the box of tissue beside my desk. And, I was grateful that in this world there are boys like Connor and Cayden, and people like their parents.

Be prepared to be moved this morning. Be prepared to feel your heart break open, to feel inspiration flood your being. Be prepared to be reminded, once again, that nothing is impossible. All it takes is Love.

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

6 thoughts on “All it takes is Love.

  1. I’ve seen these little guys before. THIS is really a pure example of how the little children lead and teach us!!!!


  2. Great to see you spreading the inspiration, Louise. These kids are true examples to humanity.
    And thank you so much for your very kind words. Reading your post made me blush and feel very appreciated. Thank you for bringing some joy into my rainy Bangkok day 🙂


  3. Great blog at Cassandra’s.


  4. Ah, brotherly love. But different than sisterly love. Today is the day we celebrate those that allowed two brothers to share a few days of that everlasting love. Terry died 2 years ago today
    and we never stop remembering the unique opportunity he gave us to see him as the brother we once knew and the brother he became. So thankful for you and all the others who came into our lives because of Terry. Seeing these 2 precious little boys, helping one another reminded me of how much Larry and Terry gave to each other til the end and beyond. Hugs to you and all at the DI for loving our brothers and sisters. God bless!!


  5. A great video thanks for sharing it with us


  6. Quite an inspirational story.


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