A Simple Legacy

More than 30 years ago, my little brother hand-sewed this patchwork ball for my kids. It was a simple act of love. 

This colorful fabric ball has been played with by each of my 6 kids, their little friends and cousins, and a lot of grandkids since.

Jim was a fashion, costume, and window designer. In the late spring of 1985, Jim was 23, working at Saks in Newport Beach, and much sought after by high end boutiques.

At that same time he was diagnosed positive for HIV and obvious symptoms of AIDS. We lost him 6 months later to what was then a mystery illness, often misdiagnosed, generally misunderstood, and absolutely devastating. There was no treatment for AIDS in 1985 I am certain Jim had no idea how many would enjoy his patchwork ball.

Today, as Kegan played with the ball for the first time, I was touched to remember and recognize Jim’s positive influence not only on my life and my family, but on so many others. I miss him.

Never underestimate the power of a single act of kindness. Never underestimate the power of love. We raregly know the impact we have on others. Be kind. And #letuscare. ❤️


Jean Krisle is a motivational keynote speaker and founder/CEO of 10,000Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The mission of 10,000 Beds is to connect those seeking help for addiction to those who are willing to help through donated addiction treatment scholarships from vetted treatment programs throughout the United States.

Jean’s goal is to provide inspiration and instruction to individuals, leaders, teams and organizations.

Jean comes from a place of gratitude and donates a portion of her speaking fees to the work and mission of 10,000 Beds. 

You can reach Jean at jean@10000beds.org.

You can also support the life-changing mission of 10,000 Beds by making a contribution at 10000beds.org/donate. 

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