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I select Patch Adams! ^___^

I actually selected him in August 2008, when I first met him at his Gesundheit! Institute (http://bit.ly/dBEwlP) in West Virginia (USA). I was there attending a 3-week social change class with the School for Designing a Society (www.designingasociety.org) not even knowing I would meet him.

I applied the School because I was looking for a change in my life but I didn’t know exactly what it mean.
And when I met him I suddenly knew it. =)


Patch is my hero because he decided to be happy every single day of his life.
To accomplish this mission you need to ask yourself every day: “Which are my desires today?”, and then act to make them real, and then reflect on the consequences of your actions at the end of the day, and learn from them how to re-formulate your desires the next day.

I’m only happy when other people are happy, so I desire the more people’s happiness.
Where happiness means: health, love, education, play, participation, sharing.


This is what Patch does. =)

I spent with him 5 days that time and I never cried for such a fullness of emotions and ideas as much as in that days. When I was about to leave the community and come back to Italy, to my “normal” life, I felt I couldn’t switch back living and dealing with people the “normal” way. I told Patch this feeling of mine and we started talking about it, and when we finished talking because time ran out, he just told me smiling: “You know this dialogue is not finished...”
And he repeated it while we were departing: “...it’s not finished!”

And he repeated it again, this time shouting because we were far now: “...IT’S NOT FINISHED!”



Well, he was right. =)
I wrote him a letter, because he only reads mail letters, reporting my progresses in making people happier since that day. And he wrote me back, because he answers to every letter he receives. And so I started writing him every week reporting my progresses.
Almost two years have passed and I still write him and sometimes we meet here in Italy.

And I'm making a lot of progress. =)

Thank you,
^___^



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Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 3:34pm
What an amazing experience! He's been a hero to me for a long time now, and I've had a mission to create a similar kind of community center for healing and growing and learning that he's tried to do with Gezundheit. My husband and I even bought land to make it happen, but then personal stuff and political stuff got in the way. But someday it will happen.

I wish you well in your journey to an even more loving and fun life!
Comment by ob1 on May 12, 2010 at 3:49pm
Wup! This is great, Turil! Where are you trying to create the community???

I'll be back to Gesundheit! for the 3rd time in 3 years next July, I just can't wait!

Thank you very much for your words and energy and the super powers, I'm feeling them running deep inside of me!!!!! ^___^
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 3:57pm
We bought land in Nova Scotia, Canada, but we live in Massachusetts in the US. We might end up staying in the US now, but who knows...

I hope you share more of your stories and your experiences with us here at EVOKE, even though there isn't a lot of time left. But the site will still allow communication with friends, from what I understand, even if the blogs are closed.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 4:00pm
We bought land in Nova Scotia, Canada, but we live in Massachusetts in the US. We might end up staying in the US now, but who knows...

I hope you share more of your stories and your experiences with us here at EVOKE, even though there isn't a lot of time left. But the site will still allow communication with friends, from what I understand, even if the blogs are closed.
Comment by ob1 on May 12, 2010 at 4:19pm
That's amazing, Turil! =) I hope you realize your desires soon!

I'd have loved to participate in here from the very beginning telling stories and writing new ones with you all... I'm sorry I didn't know about Evoke even though I knew about Jane McGonigal's past works... argh... I really hope Evoke Ep.2 will start soon.
Comment by Michele Baron on May 26, 2010 at 9:28pm
thank you for sharing your time with Patch Adams! I am glad you found your way to evoke, even if late in the 'game.'
Comment by ob1 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33pm
Thank YOU Michele! ^___^
I hope I'll interact with and know you much more in the future! Thanks for reading and commenting! =)

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