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Leadership Freak Blog, “The Power of Accidents” By Dan Rockwell

Jul 29, 2014 04:23PM ● By Erica Shames
 “Life radically changed on Nov. 20, 2011, when I lay bleeding, bruised, and broken in dried leaves after a car accident. I don’t remember what happened to cause the accident but I remember what the accident caused.

“People rose up in support of my family and me. This inadequate note is for my online friends; people I’ve never met face to face who reached out to us with generous compassion.

    “A trio of people led the way, Becky Robinson, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Lolly Daskal. The first phone message I heard was from Becky, “Are you ok? We care for you. What can we do?” There were more conversations, cards, and emails from them and many others.

“Mike Henry Sr. and the Lead Change Group joined Lolly, Jesse, and Becky by providing a channel for financial contributions to cover uninsured costs.

“Jesse, Lolly, and Becky posted articles, along with many others. Contributions ranging from $5 to $5,000 started coming in, nearly $20,000 in all. It’s overwhelming. Many of you leveraged your influence on our behalf. People from around the world participated. I wish I could list everyone.

“It’s 6:50 a.m. The sun is peaking over the cold mountains in central Pennsylvania. Once again, I’m warmed and teary-eyed thinking about the outpouring of love and support that fills our hearts.

“You change me. You’re teaching me about compassion, initiative, and doing what you can to make a difference. Great stories make us great; this is a story I’ll tell my grandchildren.

“I feel honored and I honor you. I’m privileged to receive your love. Thank you.”

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