Focus On What You CAN Do

Life give you miracles every day. It’s hard to see sometimes when we get caught up in the minutia of the daily-ness. I want to introduce you to Sam Berns. Philosopher, high school student, and one incredible human being. Sam made no excuses. He was an inspiration this way. He shows us that each day is a miracle.

Sam had a rare disease that causes premature aging. Only 250 children in the world have this disease… and rarely live past the age of 13.

Sam found the extraordinary in the ordinary. A teacher for us all. Take the time to watch this video; Sam will touch your heart, touch your spirit, and most of all change the way you see yourself in this world.


  Sam’s philosophy of life is simple:

  1. Focus on what you can do vs. what you can’t do. Make adjustments as needed, celebrate the small stuff. Do not feel sorry for yourself.
  2. Surround yourself with people you want to be with (of high quality). This is what you’ll remember when you look back on your life (so I’ve heard). The connections you make in life and the time you spend with the people you love are what makes life worthwhile.
  3. Keep moving forward. Have golden nuggets of vacation time, spending time with friends, or as he says, “the next issue of my favorite comic book.” Sam says to acknowledge the present, be in this moment, while creating goals and dreams for the future as well.

Sam left this world in January of 2014, shortly after this Tedx talk.

He left a legacy at the age of 17 because of his perspective on life. “The miracle comes in the change in perspective.” ~A course in miracles.

Sam shows us that each of us has the ability to see life through a happy lens.

Watch this beautiful tribute to his life and his mom:


Categories: Heart Centered Living

About the Author: Angela Patnode

My passion, my calling, is for you to be totally you. Through private coaching, in-depth retreats, and online group coaching programs, I help you tap into your intuition and clarify your desires and vision, I guide you to take active steps toward making your desires a reality.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to toolbar