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Today’s Brilliance From Michelle Medina

Close your eyes and see your partner with your heart, soul and hands.

Follow your intuition.

Explore nature with your entire being. Forget about your sight for a few hours and use your other four senses.

Grant yourself the grace to simply be on your darkest days.

Realize that the only one you have control over is yourself and the only one you can help is yourself. You are not responsible for what other people think, say or do. They are walking their own path and you are walking yours.

Never lose your sense of humor. It may be the only thing you have left in a crisis.

Be gentle with your children. Speak kindly to them and reprimand them in a way that builds character.

Learn from your animals. Sometimes you need to just rub your head on the floor and put your tail in the air!

Say “I love you” every day and mean it. Hold tightly to your best friends.

Learn to see change as a positive force, something you can use for good.

When angry, learn to take five and return ready to talk calmly.

Speak without offending, listen without defending.

Share your opinions, but allow others to share theirs as well. Keep an open mind.

Love without reservation.

Learn from your past, but don’t hold it against your future.

Use your words so that you always retain your power.

No one can make you feel anything; you are allowing them to make you feel something.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to others and ask for help. Realize that when doing so, you are simply being human. You are not being weak.

Don’t use “work” to hide from yourself or isolate yourself from others.

Put away your cell phones during dinner, whether it’s at a fancy restaurant or McDonalds, please! Be present at all times, as much as you possibly can. Once this moment is gone, you can’t get it back, ever.

Don’t be afraid to cry, a full on wailing howling cry when necessary.

Inner beauty will always win out over outer beauty in the long run.

Never stop pushing yourself to grow.

Balance yourself evenly with work and play, whenever possible.

Learn how to truly accept compliments.

Feed your mind, nourish your soul, cherish your body, commune with your spirit.

Never give up on yourself; sometimes you may be your only supporter.

Michelle Medina

I was born blind and with a severe facial cleft, a Tessier Cleft, in 1986.

I started school when I was 2 and a half and had people coming to my home to teach me before that.

I've had 66 reconstructive surgeries to date to build up the bone structure in my face.

I went to and graduated from public schools in December 2003, 6 months ahead of my class with a GPA above 3.0.

I am currently working on my autobiography tentatively titled, The Messenger Unveiled.

I've been doing public speaking since I was a child. Topics include blindness, Clefts *Tessier, Lip and Palate*, bullying, caring for your other children while you have a child in the hospital, and self-esteem.

I currently live with my family in Michigan.

For more information, please visit Michelle Medina Online
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