July 28, 2013
YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING, APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS, ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SUCCESSES, AND ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR PURSUITS.WHEN WE ALL HELP ONE ANOTHER, EVERYONE WINS.- JIM STOVALL
I was going to write this week on an entirely different topic inspired by one of Alan Cohen's daily inspirations. A client sent me the excerpt from his book A DEEP BREATH OF LIFE, which I thought it was so wonderful, I was going to give you the link to Alan's website so you could check out his work for yourself.
While I was looking over his website, I glanced at his monthly Newsletter page and noticed a link to a YouTube video that Alan promised would be inspiring.Boy was it.I was instantly flooded with tears by this five-minute excerpt from a longer movie about how a handicapped veteran was able to completely transform his physical and mental state with nothing but his unshakable persistence.
Arthur, a former paratrooper in the Gulf War, was severely disabled by a back injury while parachute jumping. First confined to a wheelchair and later able to walk only with cumbersome leg braces and crutches, Arthur was told by doctors for 15 years that he would never walk normally again. He gained over 100 pounds and felt like giving up on himself and on life.
Finally, he asked for help. Several yoga instructors turned him down, undoubtedly thinking there was no way his broken body could perform yoga.But one didn't give up on Arthur. Diamond Dallas Page decided to help Arthur try.With just one human being willing to take a chance with him, Arthur started practicing yoga. Slowly, painfully, falling often, but never giving up, he gained strength, stamina and balance. Ultimately, Aurthur lost 140 pounds in 10 months. When you see what he does in the final frames of the video, you won't believe your eyes.
Are you feeling discouraged and considering giving up on your dream?Arthur says in the video, "Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself."Because he didn't give up on himself, Arthur attracted the perfect resource he needed to help him with his quest.
This video is also a powerful reminder that the Universe also needs YOU to become someone else's "how" to enable them to reach their dreams. Just your warm smile and a hug or a handshake can encourage someone to keep on pursuing his or her dream for one more day.Giving of your time, treasure and talents in any ways you are able -- large or small -- can turn someone's life around.
If you watch this remarkable little video, I promise you will never forget Arthur's story.May it inspire you to keep pursuing your own dreams and to help someone else who may be close to giving up on theirs.Who do you know who needs to hear "I believe in you" today? Call them up, email them or meet them for coffee and tell them you do.
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