Jim Moss was the National Lacrosse League Defender of the Year with the Albany Attack in 2003. Today, he’s at home continuing to battle the effects of Gullain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. He lost feeling in his hands and feet, along with the ability to walk. But Jim Moss is not down, nor is he out. Quite the opposite, in fact. A regular blogger and former contributor here at ILIndoor, Moss has launched a campaign of optimism, encouraging any and all to find the positive in life, and keep the focus there. Freelance writer Shauna Rae explains what Moss is attempting through this article in the London Free Press, introducing us to a project Moss is calling The Smile Epidemic.
“We ask you to be mindful of the simple things in life that bring us happiness and believe that taking note of what makes you smile for 30 days can change the way you look at the world,” reads the explanation on the website.
Participants take note of what makes them smile, then write it down on a piece of paper under a smile drawn on the same paper. A picture is taken, then posted to the site. The object is to not only share the joy, but perhaps inspire others who visit the site.
Those who were fortunate to read Moss’ writing in the early years of ILIndoor remember his humor. He was quick to it, and it connected with anyone who read his words. He had a way of bringing the game to a different level for those of us never fortunate enough to be in a locker room.
Moss isn’t in the room anymore. Or at least, the locker room. But just as he made that connection for those of us not there, he continues to do the same today in his new room.
Visit The Smile Epidemic today. And if it doesn’t bring a smile for you, maybe you can help bring a smile to someone else. What goes around, comes around, right?
To read more about Moss and his work, check out this story in The Record.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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