Depending on your perception, life can be a hard and cruel existence.  You can go out into the world with the best of intentions, just to get slapped down by the inevitable hardships and devastation of life.

When you find yourself on the down side of life, whether it’s catastrophic or simply inconvenient, it can be so easy to get caught up in the struggle and become consumed with depressive feelings and negative thoughts.

This mentality develops when your perception is limited to your current situation.  If you cannot bring yourself to see beyond what’s wrong in the moment, you will not be able to move past it.  But when you are able to see that no matter how bad things look right now, there is more to life than the bad circumstances….  When you make the choice to see beyond your misfortune and believe in a better future, you create miracles in your life.

I talk about this concept a lot because I feel so passionately about it.  J.R. Martinez is the epitome of this beautiful concept and I am proud to feature him on my site.  I recently saw him in an interview on The Ellen Show where learned about his incredible story.  I was so inspired that I just had to share.

Enjoy this video of the beauty that exudes from this amazing man.

I hadn’t heard of J.R. before seeing this interview, but after only a few minutes I fell in love with him!  Witnessing the way his mind works and laughing at his quick wit instantly made me want to be friends with him.  He’s so funny and cool and POSITIVE, that he makes the perfect candidate for someone I definitely want to be around!

My two favorite things he said are, “Life goes on and I don’t know what the purpose of this is, but if I have a good attitude, if I stay positive, if I continue to smile every single day something good will happen to me and all this will make sense.”  That’s my motto for ANY hardship in life!…. And I just loved it when he said, “You can see scars, but it’s really what’s beneath that, that makes a big difference and makes the person who they are.”  I have learned the truth in that statement more in the past few years than ever before in my life.  And I am proud to say that no matter how many times I acknowledged it as cliche in the past, everyday I learn how to live more from the inside out and it serves me better than any of the false beliefs I used to live by.

The fact that he is employed as an actor in an industry that is fueled by the harsh (and many times unrealistic) standards of beauty and overall outward appearance, yet still representing such a beautiful message of the power of inner beauty, a positive mindset and pure joy is an incredible inspiration.  I strive to be that very representation to the people in my own life and I am grateful for inspiring people like J.R. that keep me fueled.

Share your thoughts in the comments: What inspires you most about J.R.?  How do you maintain a positive mindset in challenging situations?

Peace, Love & Inspiration,


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