33 Chilean miners cooperated, persisted, and survived 69 days 2000 ft in an underground collapsed cave.  Most of us have heard a form of the urban legend where a meek, young mother bursts out with incredible strength, lifts a car to rescue her baby.  It’s not just a myth!  In 2012, 22-year-old Lauren Kornacki lifted up a BMW 525i to save her dad. She’s only one of many. We all have days when we feel like we can’t do anything right.  That’s because we are all human.

People have inconsistencies, anxieties, faults but we also have creativity, courage, and a big capacity to grow and change. Shining Moment is a bright place where you can share those superhero moments when your confidence, resilience, cooperation, multilingualism, empathy, communication and/or discipline strengths saved the day.  You can share your own moments or others that inspire you.  

 

How I found my strength again through pole dancing!

How I found my strength again through pole dancing!

When I was 12, I thought I would have been super successful by the time I was 40. Back then, I defined success by the material things you can see and touch. I envisioned myself with a nice power suit with large shoulder pads (please remember I grew up in the 80’s), single, working in a high rise building with a large window office, making lots and lots of money, ... Read More
Enjoying the last dance

Enjoying the last dance

I've known my wife's Mom, Joan, for 40 years and we would take her on trips every Summer. These trips stopped when she moved into Assisted Living due to health issues. Last July my wife and I moved her our of her facility in New York and to our home in Wisconsin. She enjoyed sitting on the deck in the sun and not being in a elder home under COVID ... Read More
The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

Melody a charming girl is half Taiwanese half Spanish and French, and is an English speaker. She had been all over the world moving constantly from country to country (Spain, France, Taiwan) each time going to different schools and cultural environments. Her ease in all these languages has made her adaptive in all sorts of different cultural backgrounds and truly able to adapt to different views, ideologies and life philosophies ... Read More

Mike and Leonard

I went to a small school. There were about 30 of us who went from 1st through 8th grade together, so we felt very much like a family. We were in seventh grade , most of us around 12 years old, when this terrible event happened. It was May 1st, Mayday, and we had a school holiday. Mike and Leonard, my classmates, decided to have an adventure. They wanted to ... Read More
Cell City

Cell City

On the day of January 29th, my sister entered in a card game competition, with the prize of publishing your own game. I was oblivious to this. When I first heard of it, my thought was "why the heck are they talking so loudly?" They mumbled about how the foundation would be, how to incorporate both learning and fun in a single game. My mother had to drag her out ... Read More

Confidencee

There once was a time where I felt uncertain about how I would do school in this quarantine or, play with my friends. But than I read a story and it said,''Have confidencee yes, with 2 E's.'' I couldn't believe it than it said,''If you have 2 E's it's better than 1.'' I really likes this story so I decided to have confidencee with 2 E's because 2 E's is ... Read More
Girls Can Fight!

Girls Can Fight!

Have you ever worked your whole life for something, been doubted, but kept going to be one of the best? Helen Maroulis worked her whole life to be one of the best women wrestlers in the world. She was a girl, therefore, everybody told her that she couldn’t wrestle because of her gender and to give up. To demonstrate, her first time wrestling, she only won 1 match, but, unfortunately ... Read More

The day I got my dog

When I was 5 years old, my family had been thinking about getting a pet. They thought about a cat, but my mom has allergies and they would scratch up furniture, so no. My dad had been looking at dogs for a while, I found this out because whenever I walked by my dad would be on a dog website. Then during my first summer break, my parents told me ... Read More

Two Knee Surgeries

One of the most difficult physical challenges in my life was when I had my knee surgery after falling at an airport. I was on a trip when I fell on the airport steps. I felt a lot of pain at the time but I did not realize what had happened until I went to the doctor who gave me an MRI and found that I had an injury requiring ... Read More
One time when I shone

One time when I shone

When my family goes to Disneyland, sometimes we also go to Disney's California Adventure. And for years, my dad always asked me, "hey Reese, want to try the tower of terror?" And I always said "no" or "I feel kinda sick" even though I was just scared. Eventually, the Tower of Terror got shut down and I felt so sad because the next time we went I was going to ... Read More

Helping My Mom

A few months ago, my mom was very sick. Me, my dad, and my sister helped my mom feel better by giving her food and medicine while she was quarantining in her room. Every night and day we would call her and say “I miss you.” in the living room, and she would reply and say “I miss you to kids.”. My dad told me and my sister that “She ... Read More

the day I overcame my fear

As I was walking through DisneyLand we spotted the incredicoster. The incredicoaster is a roller coaster based on the movie "the incredibles" the roller coaster is pretty high up in the air and also its very fast! towards the end of the ride there is a loopy loop the ride looks pretty scary from a distance.My family and my cousins decided that we should go on the ride.My whole family ... Read More
不怕水的超級神力 The Superpower to Conquer My Aqua-phobia

不怕水的超級神力 The Superpower to Conquer My Aqua-phobia

我一直到高中才學會游泳。更小的時候學游泳時,在水池裡踩不到底的陰影讓我根本不想下水。直到高中的體育課因為規定學生一定要下水游泳,再怎麼不願意的我也只好硬著頭皮下水。但是我無論如何,一定都要抱著浮板。明明水池也才140公分深而已。 沒想到,老師規定我們要學會的是仰式。媽呀!老師要我們背後直接往水面這樣躺下的那個瞬間,我真的是嚇死了,我根本就沒辦法放鬆自己的筋骨!但是我也不曉得,腦海裡是從哪裡來的一個念頭,激勵我自己放心試試看,反正無論如何,我就算失敗了,也不會溺水,那為什麼不放寬心試試看呢?接著我就開始鼓勵自己說,水不可怕,放鬆躺下去就好,然後漸漸地,我就克服了這個恐懼,也隨著每一次的練習,我竟然開始期待游泳課了!因為我漸漸地不再怕水,最後也成功學會仰式,而且再也不需要浮板了! 學會仰式這件事根本沒什麼大不了的,但是克服對水的恐懼,讓我覺得自己超棒! I didn't learn to swim until I was in high school. I did try to learn how to swim when I was younger, but the fear of being unable to step on the bottom in the pool made me not want to go into the water at all. It was until one semester in high school, the physical education class required students to swim, I had no ... Read More
舞台上的明星 A Shining Star on the Stage

舞台上的明星 A Shining Star on the Stage

我跟一個朋友,在以前求學的時候,都一定會被入選為合唱團的成員。我們都很愛唱歌,這是我們的共通處。不過,我跟她完全相反的是,我比較閉俗、低調,不想成為舞台上的焦點;天生就有舞台魅力的她,則是享受在舞台上發光發熱的感受。一次我們抱著好玩的心態,一起參加學校的歌唱大賽,她得到了第一名,我得到了第三名。第一名的人可以在校慶有個表演給全校的機會。我很慶幸自己是第三名(表示評審覺得我歌喉還不差,但是我又不用上台表演給全校看),但讓我更印象深刻的是之後的事。 這件事讓我對我朋友刮目相看。 我朋友在台上表演時,觀眾表現熱絡,而歌曲開始要進入副歌時,後臺不曉得發生什麼事,伴奏的音樂突然停掉了。全部人都還沒回過神時,我朋友沒有半點遲疑,老神在在繼續唱了下去。憑著高超的歌技跟穩穩的節拍,清唱這段極具挑戰的副歌,而台下的人歡呼更是熱烈,接著伴奏又恢復正常而響起,就像什麼事也沒發生那樣,一分一秒都不差地對上我朋友唱的段落。觀眾樂極了! 事後,我為她的表現感到與有榮焉,更覺得她的自信是值得我學習的地方。如果是我遇到這種伴奏消失的意外,我會反應不過來,我可能會面帶尷尬地說我要重來一遍,這可不是糗翻了嗎?但是我朋友的自信表現,卻為她的表演帶來了最美好的一段插曲! A friend of mine and I always got selected as members of the choir when we were in schools. We all love singing, this is what we have in common. However, the exact opposite to her is that I am more low-key, and do not want to be the focus of the stage; she, who is born to be a star on the stage, enjoys the ... Read More
危機中的閃亮時刻 Shining Moment in Emergency

危機中的閃亮時刻 Shining Moment in Emergency

有一次在捷運車廂裡,一個坐在附近的老伯伯邊打瞌睡,他似乎有點喝醉,臉紅通通的,精神狀態不好。下一秒,他突然整個人向前倒下,頭直接著地,而他沒有馬上爬起來。所有人都看傻了眼,整個車廂好像凝結住一樣,頓時鴉雀無聲,可能過了兩三秒,站在我旁邊的女生突然喊著「警急鈴!快按警急鈴!」。我頓時想到,我修過的社會心理學課告訴我,通常這種情況下,因為每個人也都處在慌張的心理狀態下,還不知道要做什麼時,大家會假定有別人即將出手幫忙,所以自己會選擇旁觀,如果沒有一個人出聲指定說誰要做什麼事,或者是自己主動去出手協助,所有人都會默默地旁觀。我坐的地方離警急鈴的位置很遠,我就馬上站起來,手指著站在警急鈴附近一樣處在震驚之中的女乘客,扯嗓門對她大喊:「那邊那位,請按一下警急鈴。」而那個女生則是馬上反應過來,按了警急鈴並對站務人員說車廂裡有人跌倒。站務人員也馬上前來協助,檢查那位老伯伯有沒有受傷,並給予他需要的幫助。 Once in the MRT train, an old man sitting nearby was dozing off. He seemed to be a little bit drunk. His face was red, and he also looked tired. The next second, he suddenly fell forward with his head directly on the ground, but he did not get up immediately. Everyone was in shock. The entire carriage seemed to be frozen, and there was no sound. Maybe two ... Read More

I volunteer my mom.

My husband had died several years before, when my son was 13. I tried to finish raising the five kids well, and in the spirit of a good family. I unexpectedly received a huge affirmation one day, when my son, now independent and living in an apartment not far from me, called me with a request. He said, “Mom, there’s this really nice lady who lives here, and is having ... Read More

A person in need

A few months ago, I was consoling a friend who had recently lost all her companions, been shunned out of school, and had rumors spread about them for just being themselves. Since COVID-19 quarantine was still going on, we could only communicate through text. She was thinking of suicide and I was just there, peppering her with reasons why she shouldn't go, constantly spamming her phone until she would text ... Read More