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. =)