He Used To Run Marathons And Climb Mountains. Then He Quit. The Reason Why Could Change Your Life.

You know that story where the person with some physical disability achieves amazing things and people without physical disabilities use it as a weirdly condescending excuse to do amazing things too? Well this isn't that.It's the story of a guy who quit. And the lesson here actually has very little to do with his disability. He spends the first three minutes telling his story. Then brace yourself (and grab some tissues) for the aha! moment between 3:38 and 4:40. And finally, if you're brave enough to look at your own life, stick around for 6:49 when he brings it all home.

He Used To Run Marathons And Climb Mountains. Then He Quit. The Reason Why Could Change Your Life.

If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.