People amaze me. With their strength; their courage; their resilience; their tenacity; their compassion. I think there’s nothing more powerful or empowering than feeling inspired by the personal story of another – learning from their struggles and triumphs, gaining strength from their patience and determination, feeling emboldened by their resolve and commitment. As a writer of personal stories, and as Chief Inspiration Officer of MoverMoms, I have the privilege of learning people’s stories and sharing them with others — from a man at a homeless shelter, a former mayor of an African town, writing a book to encourage young people to dream big; to hundreds of girls in remote villages in Pakistan and India clutching their pencils as tight as their dreams; to Nobel Peace prize winners starting a movement by planting a seed or raising their voice.
This Ramadan, each day we’ll share an inspiring story of a Muslim. There are so many to choose from; I could fill the entire month just by writing about members of my family who inspire me. I’ll narrow it down by choosing people I’ve met, gotten to know, or interviewed, so I can share a personal insight. Ramadan, after all, is about being our best selves; let’s feel inspired by the conviction and kindness of others. It’s also about helping those less fortunate; with each story, we’ll include a link to the organization they are involved with or that they support, so we can give generously.