Now that’s a DIY book many of us could do with!
Who do you think it was written by? A celebrity perhaps? Someone born into a wealthy family? Someone blessed with an easy life?
Or perhaps someone born without arms or legs?
Nick Vujicic, firstborn of a pediatric nurse and an accountant, was born without limbs.
Life Without Limits tells his story, written – and typed – by Nick, published in 2010. At 28 years of age, he was an international inspirational speaker, in schools, churches and sports stadiums, drawing crowds of tens of thousands.
Since then, he has married. And become a dad!
From the book, here are some excerpts that filled my heart, my soul, my being.
The essential truth is this: Each of us has some gift – a talent, a skill, a craft, a knack – that gives us pleasure and engages us, and the path to our happiness often lies within that gift.
What do you find yourself drawn to? What do you spend hours doing, losing track of time and place, and still want to do again and again? Now, what is it that other people see in you? Do they compliment your talent for organization or your analytical skills?
These are the clues to finding your life’s path, a path that lies secreted within in. We all arrive on this earth naked and full of promise. We come packed with presents waiting to be opened. When you find something that so fully engages you that you would do it for free all day every day, then you are on course. When you find someone who is willing to pay for it, then you have a career.
When you experience a tragedy or a personal crisis, it’s perfectly normal and probably healthy to go through stages of fear and anger and sadness, but at some point we all have to say: “I’m still here. Do I want to spend the rest of my life wallowing in misery, or do I want to rise above what has happened to me and pursue my dreams?”
There are many attitudes to choose from, but I believe the most powerful are:
- An attitude of gratitude
- An attitude of action
- An attitude of empathy
- An attitude of forgiveness
We easily become trapped in the “someday” mentality.
Someday I’ll have all the money I need so I can enjoy life.
Someday I’ll be able to spend more time with my family.
Someday I’ll have time to relax and do what I love doing.
Nick’s encourages us instead to take ridiculous risk – blow past the doubters and naysayers and live your dreams, and have ridiculous fun – laugh, love and be playful.
Need some further motivation that you can do anything you truly want to do?
What resonated with you? What changes would you like to make, to your attitude, your lifestyle, your beliefs?
I’d love to hear your story, your challenges, your concerns, your successes. Comment by ‘leaving a reply’.