Only One Life?

We have all heard the saying – “Well, you only have one life to live!” Although that statement is true it demands an accompanying question – “If so, then what are you doing with the one life you have been given?”


So much of the quality of our lives revolve around how we spend our time and what we do with the time we have been given on this earth. I have lived by a simple principle for most of my life that is simply this – YOU WILL NEVER MAKE AN IMPACT UNTIL YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THE COLLISION!!!

This has been my life’s motto and one that I am not ashamed to have as the guiding principle of my life. I refuse to get to the end of my life and wish I had done more to make a difference in someone else’s life. However, this always involves the risk of being misunderstood. To make an impact one must be willing to face whatever collision may come and that collision may be in the shape or form of those who refuse to do anything with the life they have been given. It may be a disability or painful moment of your past. Each of us have things that can hold us back if we so choose to allow it!

For those that are content to sit on the sidelines of life afraid to get out on the playing field because of whatever…. while mocking what others are doing to make a difference, I simply say “GET A LIFE!” To sit idly by with the gifts and the talents God has given to each of us is to waste a life. In fact I would go so far to say it is a SIN! God created us to MOVE forward and make an impact in whatever way we can. I know this hour in which we live is riddled with problems but what an hour to be the child of God and part of the church. This is the greatest hour to be alive and those that choose to stick their head in the sand are going to miss a great opportunity to turn their world upside down. It is not an hour to sit idly by, so afraid of everything going on around you, that you cant do something. God never created us to be a monument – He created us to be a movement.

This is why I choose to use my disadvantage as an advantage! This is why I choose to take steps forward to help make a difference in others. I am not trying to pick a fight with anyone or be rude in what I am saying, but there are so many things to do that only you can do! Quit being so afraid you will get trampled all over – you are a child of the King! You have the potential to change your world – GET OUT THERE AND MAKE AN IMPACT! The world is waiting to see what you will do with your one LIFE!

The School Yard Bully

Everyone of us know this kid.  In fact, every childhood memory you have includes that one kid in your school you grew up in, everyone knew was the school yard bully.  You know the type; the one who threatened to beat you to a pulp if you didn’t hand over your lunch money or the one who promised to tell the entire school you still sleep with a teddy bear if you didn’t do their homework for them!  Bullies!!

cns-0903BullyBacklash - Journalist John Strausbaugh argues bullying can be a good thing in his book Sissy Nation: How America Became a Culture of Wimps and Stoopits. Wth story by Kelly Roesler for Canwest Life Package (Photo by Julie Oliver/Ottawa Citizen).

OTTAWA, ON. Aug 26, 2008 Photo illustration for story about standing up to bullies. Photo by Julie Oliver, Ottawa Citizen, Canwest News Services. Can be used with Meagan Fitzpatrick (Canwest) story. CNS-BULLYING

My story is a bit different just because I was born a bit different.  Instantly I was singled out as the one others chose to pick on.  Thankfully it didn’t last that long due to a teacher by the name of Mr. Jenkins.  In the 4th grade he made a major difference in my life and I am very grateful for his insight, wisdom and concern.

However, not every child is blessed to have a Mr. Jenkins in their life.  There are kids, it may be some of you that are reading this right now or it may be your children that are going through being bullied on a regular basis, that daily deal with being pushed around because they are different than the other kids on the playground.  I will admit that some of the most damaging experiences happen in the formative years of our youth and if they are not properly dealt with can linger for years to come.

This is why I speak consistently into the lives of students.  I know the feelings that come with being picked on, misunderstood, singled out – the list can go on and on.  This is also why I recently formed a non-profit called ThumbUp Foundation so that I and others like me, can help families and children/youth that are born with disabilities, overcome the stigma of being different.  TUF has been formed to educate, assist and motivate those that experience the pain of being singled out just because of a birth defect.

Many of you know my story and you know that the path to overcoming whatever may be stopping someone, is the path I call attitude.  “Your attitude determines your direction and direction is more important than speed.”  I can’t control others perception of me but I can control how I perceive what I have been “handed” in my life.  The problem arises when there is no one to help guide and direct that attitude in the direction of success.  This is one of the primary purposes of the ThumbUp Foundation.  This foundation exists to help others overcome their differences and we do it by supporting families, by educating and training those affected, and by providing resources that inspire and motivate.

This is why I am not afraid to ask for your help.  1 out of every 1200 births are affected by the condition I was born with, which is called Amniotic Band Syndrome.  I want you to be a part of this opportunity that is going to make a huge difference in the lives of those affected by Amniotic Band Syndrome.  There is needs to be a source of positive reinforcement available in this age that is filled with more than just school yard antics.  We have students and teenagers that are cyber bullied, threatened and forgotten all because they may be somewhat different than the rest.  If you would like to be a part of this world-changing endeavor please follow the link below to learn more.  No gift is too small.  I am so thankful for those that have already helped by donating to this worthy cause which is going to help get the message of ThumbUp Foundation out there.

Thanks much and make sure to follow the link below.






Can You Make A Difference?

ThumbUp Foundation is gaining momentum as we continue moving forward in the establishment of this great foundation.  If you haven’t heard about TUF then I encourage you to read these posts that have already been written describing what ThumbUp Foundation is and what this organization is designed to accomplish.


Many have shown interest in what ThumbUp Foundation will be providing and for that we are extremely grateful.  We need your help!  As we set out to further establish this foundation we are looking to raise funds in order to establish:

  • Website development and maintenance
  • Promotional material geared toward raising awareness and funds necessary to fully form this needed foundation
  • Social Media/Print campaign to enlist others interested in helping ThumbUp Foundation fulfill its purpose
  • Video production describing the purpose and function of TUF

ThumbUp Foundation Inc is a California non-profit so any donation will be considered tax deductible.

Below is our gofundme link providing more information on how you can help make a difference! Would you consider donating today?  Thanks so much for your consideration.  Please click the link below to learn how you can be a part of this great opportunity to help others become the overcomer they were born to become.


ThumbUp Foundation Update

It has been a few crazy busy weeks around the Sargent household and as a result I have not spent much time here on my blog.  A lot of things have happened since last we spoke and I wanted to let everyone know what is going on with my ThumbUp Foundation.

Having been born with a defect, result of a condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome, I have seen the need to help families, children and youth that may be facing something similar.  Over the last few years I have been privileged to meet many individuals affected by ABS or families that have children/youth dealing with this condition.  This has been a very rewarding experience, allowing me to see the need to help others overcome and deal with whatever condition Amniotic Band Syndrome may have caused.  This is the ultimate reason we have started this foundation and I believe great things are in store for ThumbUp and those we will be able to help.

I wanted you to see the final mock ups of our logo design and badge icon that will be the identifying markers for this great cause.  Many have already asked how they might be able to get involved or help support this non-profit and that information will be made available soon.  Very soon we will be able to point you toward our website where information concerning involvement and support will be made available.  For now, keep checking in and follow us on the various social media options listed below.

Thanks so much for your support and interest.  Great things are ahead!





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