A Chance Encounter

Dan Peterson was suffering the loss of his wife, Mary. Depression descended on him so profoundly that he spent his days staring out the window.

A chance encounter with a four-year-old little girl named Nora changed everything.

It’s quite a touching story about loss, love, and renewed hope.


“I know I made room in my heart for a lot more.” -Dan Peterson


And it’s a reminder that each of us, no matter our age, can have a profound impact on those around us.

Christmas can be a wonderful season, full of joy and family. It can be a time of deep spiritual renewal. It can also be a time of suffering for those who have lost someone.

Let’s learn from this incredible little girl. This season:

  • Make a stranger a friend.
  • Give a hug to someone in need.
  • Develop a sensitivity to others around you.
  • Express your heart.
  • Give more than you receive.

“We rise by lifting others.” –Robert Ingersoll


Be the Unsung Hero

As I watched this video, I reflected on the unsung hero in the story. That’s Tara Wood, the mother of 4-year-old Nora. She could have pulled her little girl away. She could have moved on, busy with shopping and her other tasks. She didn’t need to follow-up and continue the visits. The focus of the story may be on Dan and Nora, but the story only happened because of Tara’s kindness. She is clearly selfless in her giving.

After the visits with Nora and Tara, Dan says, “I know I made room in my heart for a lot more.”


“Caring about the happiness of others, we find our own.” -Plato


This Christmas, let’s all make sure that we do just what Dan, Nora, and Tara all did. Let’s make room in our hearts. It changes everything.


“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” –John F. Kennedy


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