I've always been a big believer in serendipity. Maybe it's hereditary, since that seems to be a recurring theme in the incredible blog my brother Matt has been writing.
And I can't imagine a more serendipitous email than the one I got yesterday from my neighbor, Natalie Sherman. (Who was also my roommate in 1987, and I have the blackmail-worthy photos to prove it.)
Because just as I was pondering what I could do to make 2009 extraordinary, Natalie wrote to tell me about what her sister Leslie has resolved to do. And it makes my three dinky aspirations seem pretty pitiful by comparison.
Because Leslie's running the Boston Marathon.
Leslie's four-and-a-half year old son Sawyer was born blind, and she's doing this to show him that he can accomplish any goal he sets for himself. And that no goal is too high for him to aim for. (It's impossible for me to type that without chills, btw.) In the process, she'll be running to raise funds for Saywer's school, the Perkins School for the Blind, the nation's premiere educational institution for the blind. (They once had a student named Helen Keller. Perhaps you've heard of her...)
To read more about Leslie's quest, which I'm pretty sure is what you find when you look up "extraordinary" in the dictionary, please go here. And please consider supporting her on this amazing journey so that all the students at Perkins can try to achieve their goals as well.