A friend of mine recently posted a powerful, inspiring video.
(Nothing for sale… Just good ‘ol inspiration!)
But before you watch it…
I want to share a powerful, true story. I hope it inspires you, brightens the remainder of your day, then illuminates the rest of your holiday season.
It’s the story of a young man, Rick Hoyt, born in 1971. Rick’s suffering started at birth. Lack of oxygen left him a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Even though his parents were encouraged by experts to institutionalize him, they refused.
Trust me, this story gets better.
Rick couldn’t walk or speak, but his eyes would follow them around the room. They knew they were “reaching” him. They were determined he would someday communicate with them. It was years before a group of engineers from Tufts University built a computer that allowed Rick to do just that!
His first words were “Go Bruins” (Boston was in the Stanley Cup that year). This should have given them a clue of the fierce competitive spirit flowing in their child, but nothing could have prepared them for what happened next.
When Rick turned 15 he told his dad, Dick, he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Dick, having never attempted anything like that in his life, couldn’t find a way to say no, so he simply said ok.
He pushed Rick in his wheelchair, finishing all 5 miles, coming in next to last, which Dick expected. What he wasn’t prepared to hear were the words, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” Is it hard to believe this was all the “leverage” this daring and dedicated dad needed to dig deeper?
Over 1,000 races later, including 85 marathons, duathlons and triathlons (six of them being Ironman competitions), “Team Hoyt,” as they are affectionately called by the masses, are still competing and inspiring the world with their tireless courage and undaunted dedication.
The level of gratitude and unconditional love Rick has for his father’s commitment was evident when he was once asked what the one thing he would give his father would be. “The thing I’d like most is for my dad to sit in the chair, so I could push him for once.”
The greatest gifts you give aren’t valued by the amount of money you paid, nor is it measured by how long it took you to give. It certainly isn’t up to the recipient to reflect it’s value.
No, the greatest gift you give is determined by the amount of joy and fun YOU have while giving it.
Please watch this powerful video showcasing Team Hoyt and other people you might recognize, reminding us all of the power of one random act of kindness.
In your darkest hour you can shine, but why wait for the lights to dim so you can glow? Help spread the word by sharing this email and video with people who need a little inspiration.
In gratitude for you,
p.s. For once, there is nothing to for you to DO but watch and smile, so if you can spare 1 or 2 more minutes check out this video!
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