I often find some uplifting and amazing stories in Guideposts. Guideposts magazine is a subscription that my Mother received in the mail as far back as I can remember that offers inspiration with uplifting true stories, videos and practical advice on positive thinking, hope, faith and prayer.
This inspiring article with Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba is about some her health challenges, faith and her love of animals that will surely touch your heart.
Sometimes people ask me, “Carrie Ann, you’re always smiling that big smile on TV. Where does all that positivity come from?” I’ll let you in on a little secret. I pray before work.
Backstage, getting ready to be a judge on the TV show Dancing With the Stars, while I get my makeup on and make final adjustments to my gown, I always say the same prayer: God, thank you for all that is, was and will be.
There’s a reason my prayer never changes. It sums up what life is about. It’s my spiritual template, my foundation. And it has never let me down, especially these last few difficult years.
The way I look at it, you learn from everything that comes into your life—the good and the bad. Even illnesses. I have a few and I see them as gifts from God. They’ve brought me closer to him. I think of my prayer almost like a dance step with God, so let me break it down.
All That Is.
At first I had no idea why the Lord had put me on DWTS. I was a dancer, onstage and on TV and in movies. I never wanted to do anything else, and I felt blessed that my dreams had been realized. Then along came this job. It sounded fun. I didn’t think it would last 10 years and counting. I wasn’t sure it would last 10 weeks!