Remembering Mike

mike-h-caine-blogThere’s a saying that out of the mouths of babes comes wisdom. It is something I learn every year. The Miracle Marathon not only is a time when we as adults should take the time to help a very important facility. It also is the time that we should take to listen to what the youth of today is telling us. Sometimes we can learn very important life lessons from the young.

I know that as adults, we feel we are the ones who should lead. But as adults, we also should be able to recognize brilliance in people of any age. I have learned many things from the young people we have interviewed during the Miracle Marathon. The children who are battling for their lives very often have important lessons for us all.

Mike Halbauer was one of those extraordinary people who left us an unbelievable gift. He used his struggle to tell all of us how to live. And although Mike is no longer with us, I wanted to share his words of wisdom with you.

Mike’s Credo 2004

  • Live large, take chances and seize the moment because you never know when opportunity will pass you up.
  • Smile, even if you don’t feel like it; you’ll be happier by doing it.
  • Learn to laugh in all situations, it’ll make you and everyone around you happier.
  • Be able to be serious, though, when you need to.
  • If other people don’t like you, that’s their problem. Nobody likes being around downers.
  • Be glad you have the friends that you do; don’t be sad for not having the friends you want.
  • You can’t be in six different places at once, and if you can, the scientists need to reverse the cloning.
  • You can’t do everything. If you could, you wouldn’t have any friends.
  • Help people who need it, but don’t forget to help yourself.
  • Attitude is contagious, so make sure you have a good one.
  • Pessimists say the glass is half empty, optimists say it’s half full. I say there’s none left after I drink it all!
  • To see who your true friends are, screw up and see who’s left.
  • Take what you like to do, and practice. Learn how to do it well, and make something out of it.
  • School may end, but we never stop learning.
  • Time changes things, for example, bread and milk.
  • Love others for who they are, and love yourself for who you are.
  • The farther up the ladder you go, the farther you have to fall…so wear a parachute!
  • Your friends ARE your second family.
  • War doesn’t determine who’s right…it determines who’s left.
  • The most important thing anyone can learn in life is tolerance.
  • Share your feelings with others.
  • Let your friends know how much you care.
  • Opinions make the world go around. Some just make your head spin.

These are things I’ve come to learn during the past few years and I’m still picking up new ones. A few of these I really do live by, and a few I’m trying to live by. But, I believe that people should try to take these and apply them to their own lives. It helps so much. – Mike

Take the information that Mike left us and use it. He was a young man who obviously was much older than his years. How many of us can say that we lived our life like Mike did? He taught me that every day is a gift to appreciate. That every day we should be thankful for our lives, our families and our friends.

I look forward to this year’s Miracle Marathon and the new lessons I will learn. I know that through the families and children I will meet during the Miracle Marathon, I will see the world from a different point of view. The stories you will hear will inspire and motivate you.

It starts tomorrow.

Please join me May 26-28. Take the time to not just listen, but to hear, and take the time to donate. It’s so easy, just go to chw.org/miraclemarathon.

~ Carole Caine, WKLH 96.5, guest blogger

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