Positively Powered with Amy Collette Featuring Michelle Rahn
Michelle Rahn suffered a heart attack when she learned of the Columbine shootings. Because of her close associations with the Columbine community, the shock sent her to the Intensive Care Unit for the next six days.
Michelle had taught one of the killers, and her family knew the teacher, Dave Sanders, who was killed. “I thought I knew Dylan Klebold, I really did. But obviously, nobody did.” Lying in ICU after her heart attack, Michelle asked God, “What do you want me to do now?”
She survived and recovered, with a new sense of purpose, volunteering with Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs). “My thought was, if I can nurture just one mom who is going through a tough time, then I’m doing something good.”
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Michelle and some friends decided that they would fulfill life-long dreams by the time they were 60. Michelle’s was to enter a beauty pageant. When she won both the state and national titles, she instantly became a speaker, talking to many different groups around the country.
“My legacy is to be a prismatic woman – that means that to be like a prism – the light comes through.”
“Make a great choice today. I want my legacy to be an example of making good choices.”
“Tragedy can lead to bitterness, anger, and depression. Or it can be a catalyst for greatness – that is our choice.”
Michelle believes these four things are crucial to a positive attitude:
- A task with a purpose
- Participation – something outside your comfort zone
- Relationships – people make us toxic or make us better – Laughter is key
Event: Oct. 3rd – Speaking at: Real Women, Real Issues, and Real Solutions Conference