Inspirational Moments: Craig Stroope – Oakland, CA – When My Daughter was Born, My Path Became Clear.

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This Inspirational Moment brought to you by Craig Stroope, Oakland, CA.

What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to go through in your life?

I’ve led a very charmed life. We didn’t have a lot growing up, but we always had what we needed. I have always felt that I have yet to be tested. Finding my place and purpose in this world is my “great struggle”. I’ve always been happy-go-lucky and satisfied with life, that I’ve never felt like I needed to seek out more for myself. Hearing people talk about passion always left me feeling like somewhat of an outsider. Then my daughter, Poppy Grace, was born. My path is clear.

What did you learn from it that you could pass on to someone else?

Maybe life doesn’t have to be a struggle in order for us to appreciate it. We never know what lies ahead of us, so take in every moment as if it’s preparing you for the next one.

What has been the Happiest Moment of your life?

This morning when I was awakened by five little fingers playing with my ear, and then my eye, and then, OUCH!, grabbing a fistful of my hair.

What is your Passion?

Poppy Grace. She gives me a new reason every day to smile, to love, to laugh and to be the best husband and father I can be.

What inspires you?

The fact that with love and guidance, she can be more than I could ever imagine. Children are so dependent, and yet so resilient. Everything we do matters to our children, but remain their own force of nature. There is so much power in that.

What is your favorite Inspirational Quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I think I got it right. Michael said it best – “I’m starting with the man in the mirror.”

How do you try to inspire others?

I try and have every person I pass on the street walk by with a smile.

One non-profit you support?

Children’s Miracle Network

What is one easy thing you can do to change the world for good in the next 24 hours?

Smile

This picture makes me feel HAPPY!

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This picture makes me feel BEAUTIFUL!

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