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Paying It Forward

Posted by capcityspeakers on December 1, 2016

by Chad Hymas


Most of us know what the above title means. And I’m hoping that we have all had the opportunity to do this. It is so simple to do that I think it would happen more often if we just thought about it.

I have a friend that works at a restaurant and he told me that every week, a widower comes in for dinner and, while there, he’ll look around for a family (usually a large family having dinner) and when he goes to pay his bill, he’ll ask the hostess if $75.00 will cover their bill. When she says yes, he leaves her enough to cover the tab and the tip. After he leaves, and has been gone for several minutes, she goes over and tells the family what had happened – that their bill has been taken care of. They are completely surprised!   And so very grateful.

He also left enough money for them to have dessert or take a couple of pies home!! They look around trying to find this person, but she told them he had left quite a while ago. All he asked is that they enjoy their dinner and that if they ever have a chance to help someone (in other words, pay it forward), they do.

I actually see this all the time – I see people at a grocery store tell the cashier as she gives her a hundred bill, to have that go for the groceries for the woman behind her, who has a few kids with her and a lot of groceries.

I see lot of this kind of generosity at the airport; especially people wanting to buy a cup of coffee or dinner for servicemen who have just been deployed. I had the opportunity to do this a few weeks ago and posted it on Facebook:

It never fails. I always run into these selfless people as I travel, especially through Atlanta. And it usually goes something like this:

ME: Sir/Gentlemen, I simply want to thank you for the freedom you grant me. May I shake your hand and buy you lunch/dinner?

SOLDIER: [Before speaking to me, they USUALLY ALWAYS drop to one knee, my level. I never ask them to. They just do it. Talk about respect. I’m not saying I deserve it, nor request it. I’m simply saying it is truly my honor to meet them and show my gratitude; and, as if it is ingrained in their DNA, they passionately demonstrate this type of love by flipping the scenario and treat me as though it is an honor for them to serve, meet and protect me. They don’t even know who I am! Names have not yet been exchanged. But I know who they are. They are heroes! Can you imagine what kind of a country we would have if we were all like this? Had this kind of selflessness towards others? This kind of compassion and unconditional love? This desire to serve and sacrifice?]

“Sir, it is our pleasure to serve you. We are fine. You don’t need to buy us dinner.”

ME: Please, I insist. I would love to break bread with you.

SOLDIER: “Ok sir, but know that this is not necessary.”

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I Am, Therefore I Teach

Posted by capcityspeakers on October 26, 2016

By Donna Cardillo, RN

azalea-1294743_1920It is often said that everyone who comes into our lives is sent to teach us something, even the most difficult people. But I believe that people are also sent into our lives so that they might learn from us, be inspired, or gain hope when they had none. Yes, there are times when we are purposefully in that role, but there are many times that we teach, inspire, and restore hope unknowingly by our actions. It could be the way you speak to someone, something you share about yourself, extending a small kindness, or the way you conduct yourself in various situations. If you consider that you have an opportunity to improve, even in some small way, the life of everyone that you encounter, your daily existence will have more meaning and purpose.

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Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 22, 2016

donna-cardillo-bookDonna Cardillo’s Latest Book Now Available!

There are times in life that shake us to our very foundations. We wish for things to get better, fast. But the truth is that moments of “falling apart” are also our most powerful catalysts for growth and change. In Falling Together, Donna Cardillo, a registered nurse, Dr. Oz blogger, and beloved public speaker, reflects on the overwhelming challenges that fall into every life, and the renewal that comes when we are able to meet them with courage.

A funny, big-hearted self-help memoir that takes on issues like divorce, caregiving, and burnout―and many women’s biggest enemies of all, fear, insecurity, and self-doubt―Falling Together shows how to turn the challenges that threaten to knock us to the ground into the building blocks we need to become more successful, more joyful, and ultimately, more alive.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookseller.

For more information about Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, or to book her for your next event, go to:  Donna Cardillo

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10 Keys to Lifelong Happiness

Posted by capcityspeakers on May 12, 2016

by Chad Hymas

I recently came across a terrific blog post claiming “The 15 Things To Give Up To Be Happy.”  Although I agreed with most of them, some of them I didn’t.  I don’t believe that those same 15 things will work for everyone.  Nor do I believe that the 10 that I will share with you will work for everyone either.

I get asked on a daily basis how I am so happy despite my circumstances.  How did I remain positive through all the changes that were taking place that surrounded my accident?  Let me answer you this, I am happy in spite of my circumstances.  Because of the things that I have learned on this journey, mostly the last 11 years of my life, that I would have never experienced otherwise.  These experiences have shaped my life and made me who I have become today.  There were times right after my accident that I am not proud of and I wish to not even recollect, but throughout that time and more recent times, these are the things that I have found truly work for me.

1. Know Yourself.  How many times have we heard “no one will love you until you learn to love yourself” or “nobody knows you the way you do”?

So get to know the right-now-real you, both the good and the bad, and own it. Write down your qualities, characteristics, values, strengths, and weaknesses. What makes you happy? What drives you crazy?

The good news is that if you don’t like certain aspects of yourself right now, you have it in your control to change that. But to change something you first have to know what you’re working with. So do some serious soul-searching and figure that out!

2. Learn to say “NO!” At the end of the day, it’s about how you say “no”, rather than the fact you’re saying no, that affects the outcome. After all, you have your own priorities and needs, just like everyone has his/her own needs. Saying no is about respecting and valuing your time and space. Say no is your prerogative.

3. Accept What Is.  One of the greatest sources of misery in my experience, is refusing to accept what is. How often do waste your time with questions such as: What if I had done that differently? What if yesterday had turned out differently? Stop turning your back on reality.

If you’re happy, accept that you’re happy. You don’t try to justify that feeling. If you’re upset, accept that you’re upset, don’t pretend you’re not. If you made a mistake embrace your imperfection, don’t beat yourself up.

As you begin to accept what is, you will find that your experiences are exactly what you need at that moment. Sure, life won’t always go according to plan, but at the end you will survive, one experience stronger.

4. Visit a quiet place. Libraries, museums, gardens, and places of worship provide islands of peace and calm in today’s frantic world. Find a quiet place near your house and make it your secret getaway.

5. Find What Makes You Tick.  Some people may not care to admit this, but I honestly believe that we each have something that makes us tick.

While it’s true some people just discover what they love, many of us have to do some searching. Not knowing what makes you happy, is the surest way to remain stuck in a miserable state.

Finding what you enjoy to do is fairly easy. If you enjoy a certain activity (assuming it’s legal of course) continue doing it. I realize that is overly simplistic, but you get the idea.

Don’t worry about what your family or friends think, but rather focus on what brings you joy. I’m not suggesting you be selfish or hurtful in your pursuits, but it’s important you take care of yourself so you can give your fullest to the world.

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Nurses Can Do Anything

Posted by capcityspeakers on April 21, 2016

by Donna Cardillo, RN

donnacardillobookWhen I first got out of nursing school, I envisioned myself always working in a hospital emergency room. That was my passion and my plan. I did just that for several years until I moved to a new geographic location and was unable to find a suitable ER job. So I began exploring my options in nursing.

I eventually landed a position as a head nurse in a medical weight control center. Within the first year I was promoted to Center Manager. It was here that I started to become aware of all the transferable skills I had as a nurse and all the ways and places I could make a difference. I also began to learn about the vast opportunities that existed in the world for nurses who were willing to look, and step, outside of the box.

In subsequent years I worked as an insurance nurse, then for a company that did medical exams for insurance companies, and later as a test-prep organization that helped new nurses pass NCLEX. I was also the Director of DRG Services, Quality Improvement, and Utilization Management in a hospital. My mind, and my skill base, along with my ability to impact a larger part of the population, were expanding in rapid ways.

21 years ago I decided to bring everything together to launch an education business teaching nurses about the vast array of opportunities available to them with my seminar: Career Alternatives for Nurses®. That eventually led to keynote speaking at nursing events, writing articles and nursing books, becoming a columnist for the largest circulation nursing magazine in the U.S., and blogging for I was now using writing and speaking to have a positive impact on the health of the planet.

When I set out to write my latest book, Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart, I once again had to stretch myself and was expanding my reach. This book is a self-help memoir and written for the masses, not just for nurses. It was scary to step out of my comfort zone, tell my own personal stories of challenge, and reveal things about my past that I had never previously spoken about. But the process, in the end, was exhilarating. I am hopeful that the lessons I learned along the way will help others with their own journey. It is a book about healing, moving from victim to victor, waking from a trance of fear, and finding opportunities for growth even in our darkest moments.

Am I still a nurse in the work I do? Absolutely. Today I heal with words and the world needs a lot of healing. There is no limit to the things we can do. Nursing will take you anywhere you want to go.

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Living Life With A Purpose

Posted by capcityspeakers on February 11, 2016

by Chad Hymas

If we are going to succeed in life, we must realize and acknowledge our hopes and dreams. These will then motivate our actions.  A gifted author, Mary Anne Radmacher, wrote a poem which has helped inspire my life.

“Life Begins When You Do”
Walk to the edge
Listen hard – Laugh – Play with abandon
Practice wellness – Continue to learn
Choose with no regret
Appreciate your friends
Lead or follow a leader
Do what you love
Live as if this is all there is

There are certain times when the decisions we make will impact the rest of our lives.  Most of us have dreams.  Some of us might even have that infamous ‘bucket list’.  But how much time do we really have to make sure they will actually happen in this lifetime?

Time is a most precious gift.  I believe to give time is more rewarding than to receive it.
Several months after my accident, my good friend, Lee Johnson, offered me an opportunity to come to work for him at his business, Broken Arrow.  He knew me before the accident.   He realized the ‘Chad’ he had known was slowly disappearing before his very eyes.

So much time at home – just sitting – was not good for me or my loving wife.  This new routine was affecting her as well.  At least getting me out of the house on a daily basis would give her time to resume her job of running the household as she had done before the accident.
However, what we didn’t expect was that this gift of time would also give me back my sense of independence.

Simple tasks such as making phone calls and arranging work with clients reminded me that, although my body was paralyzed, my mind was not.  Flashbacks of running my landscaping business came flooding back.  I began to reinvent myself again as a functioning part of the business world.  The transformation seemed to happen overnight.   I began to feel good about myself again.

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Listen to your heart

Posted by capcityspeakers on January 18, 2016

by Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP

Success guru and famed author Napoleon Hill said, “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is leaves in heart shapebecause they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” It’s so easy to get caught up in others’ expectations and opinions, especially when they are contrary to your own ideas and feed into your fears. But no one other than you can know what is in your heart, what you are capable of doing, or what your calling is. So learn to trust your instincts. Go with your gut. Follow your dreams. And listen to the whisper of your own heart above all others.

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