J. R. Martinez: What a Gift He Is!

I don’t know how many of you are watching Dancing with the Stars this season, but if you’re not, you might want to check it out to see J. R. Martinez.

Now you may be wondering, “who in the heck is J. R. Martinez?” He is an actor, but more importantly, he is a gift. Let me tell you why.

I caught this week’s results show telecast and, when I saw J. R. for the first time ever, was completely mesmerized by him. Now if you haven’t been watching or you don’t know who he is, you’re probably thinking he must be a great dancer or he’s really handsome. Well, that’s not it.

The first thing you notice about J. R. are his eyes. They dance. Forget the rest of his body. I didn’t actually see him dance. But I saw his eyes. They are so alive. And so is his smile. The man literally sparkles. These are the first things you notice about J.R. It’s only when you get past being awed by his inner beauty and then look a little closer, you realize his face is horribly scarred.

Prior to J. R.’s life as an actor, he was deployed in 2003 as an army man and served in Iraq. And from what I read after just researching about him on Wikipedia, soon after getting there, he was driving a Humvee when his left front tire hit a landmine. Over 40% of his body was burned. It took him years and over 30 cosmetic and skin graft surgeries to recover.

And boy, did J. R. recover! He is absolutely adorable! And he is so funny!! He embraces his injuries and instead of seeing them as a hindrance, he’s made them a gift. Not only is he an actor, but he is also a motivational speaker.

J. R. is the essence of beauty.

I wonder how each of us would react if we saw J. R. on the street without knowing who he is. Would we judge him? Would we feel sorry for him? What do you think?

There’s an old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This couldn’t be truer in the case of J. R. And it’s the same with you and me.

We have so much to offer that’s inside of us. Each of us has something special. However most of us don’t realize this. So we work really hard to make our outside world look good. But when we make a decision to go within and tap into our inner beauty, we dance and sparkle, just like J. R.


Are you ready to tap into your inner beauty and be a gift like J. R.? If you are, please join me at the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo on Friday night, September 30th and Saturday morning, Oct. 1, for The Enlightened Mom workshop. You’re going to walk away knowing that the greatest gift you can give the world is to tap into your inner beauty! Click here for more details!


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