Six year old Jaden Hayes has already had to cope with the death of his parents. His dad died when he was four and his mom recently passed away in her sleep. Jaden said after finding his mother, "I tried and I tried and I tried to get her awake -- I couldn't".
Jaden is deeply upset and heart broken by the death of his parents. He told reporter Steve Hartman "Anybody can die, just anybody,". Jaden could easily have become overwhelmed and consumed by his grief. Instead he has taken a much different approach.
He told his aunt Barbara, who he is living with, that he is tired of seeing so many unhappy people on the streets. This is when he got the calling to go on a mission to deliver smiles. That's right, something so simple yet so powerful to those that receive it. His goal is to deliver 33,000 smiles. How is he planning on bringing all those smiles to strangers?
Jaden might be young in age but his experiences have given him a unique perspective on life. He has every reason to be depressed and feel as if there is no happiness in the world. Instead, he has found a purpose, his goal, to bring happiness to others. We all have our reasons to be unhappy in our present situation. If six year old Jaden can find the courage to keep a positive attitude through tough times than so can we.
Believe in it® Spotlight
This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Patrick Daubert. He is a staff member at a summer camp in California and wore his #Believeinit shirt. Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Patrick!
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson