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Terry Torok

Founder at Angel Producers, Founder at Live from Earth


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Why were YOU were born?

What is your Why and How are You? So what if it matters... The why can be a wild discovery about yourself, an interesting moment when and if, you discover it... and very amazing if you will share it here. [thank you]


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{sorry, a last minute iphone edit placed an inadvertent extra "were"} Some people believe the most important day of thier life is the day you discover WHY you were born. The individual true stories below relate to the power of parenting and being at peace with (or without) the pursuit of the "why". I was inspired and amazed by the open sharing of each story of Why. And Why not, when you considered the interesting people who participated! Thank you.

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  • Feb 9 2013: In my late teens I had a breakdown, and after coming around I began seeking answers to questions about life's meaning and how I fit in it. After several years of this, I eventually found my calling serving the needs of individuals with mental and develomental disabilities. The purpose of my life is to directly or indirectly assist others in their growth and development through love, patience and empathy.
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      Feb 9 2013: I am feel very lucky you contributed this Steve... thank you. Noting my son is developmentally disabled, [short on language and motor skills, strong on love and motor sounds!] and i thank those beautiful people that choose to assist special needs people... for some of us, and perhaps you too, it chose us. So thank you immensely for what you do. I hope someday I could support you in your path and we break through the ceiling of limits...

      From my son, I receive tons of love and a deep lesson in patience and perserverance ever day. What a gift. And man, thank you for yours.
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      Feb 10 2013: Empathy, patience, love allow us to live in a better world

      Hi Steve:) We are all here for a brief time and living this life is about give and take. We provide a service we get paid. That enables us to give money to someone else and get food and shelter for our family. The person who got it then can give it the same way, everyone's basic human needs are met forward. Through give and take the most fundamental requirement for being HUMAN = DIGNITY is preserved. At first glance a special needs person seems like a taker not a giver. And it is only after spending time with one that we learn that they are the ones who give without taking anything from this world. They are here to make us better humans, maybe even help us get our wings and become Angels ;-) I wish everyone would sit through watching this entire film: " An Infinite Tenderness(Une Infinie Tendresse)1970"-


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