Two-year-old Emma wanted to play with blocks, but a condition called arthrogryposis meant she couldn’t move her arms. So researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D-printed a durable custom exoskeleton with the tiny, lightweight parts she needed.
Watch to the end to hear what her first-ever complete spoken sentence was. This is people caring for people at its finest.
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I graduated High School this week. When my Dad said he had a present for me I thought I was getting some cheesy graduation card. But what I received was something truly priceless. Following the ceremony he handed me a bag with a copy of “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Doctor Seuss inside. At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book. But then he told me “No, open it up.”
On the first page I see a short paragraph written by none other than my kindergarten teacher. I start tearing up but I’m still confused. He tells me “Every year, for the past 13 years, since the day you started kindergarten I’ve gotten every teacher, coach, and principal to write a little something about you inside this book.” He managed to keep this book a secret for 13 years, and apparently everyone else in my life knew about it!
Yes the intended effect occurred… I burst out in tears. Sitting there reading through this book there are encouraging and sweet words from every teacher I love and remember through my years in this small town. My early teachers mention my “Pigtails and giggles,” while my high school teachers mention my “Wit and sharp thinking.” But they all mention my humor and love for life. It is astounding to receive something this moving, touching, nostalgic, and thoughtful. I can’t express how much I love my Dad for this labor of love.
Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own. He accepted this as a fact.
After wanting to try yoga and being dismissed by other instructors, he read an article about Diamond Dallas Page (the former wrestler turned yogi who is known for his Yoga for Regular Guys which contains more testosterone than spirituality). Arthur decided to give this a try and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story.
Dallas was understandably moved and began teaching Arthur via phone and email. Throughout his journey, Arthur stumbled, fell, tipped over, and lost his balance more than once, but he always got back up to continue. He was on a quest to cure his body, and the results are nothing short of remarkable.
Thank you Arthur, for not giving up and giving all of us this amazingly inspirational story! Thank you Dallas for believing in Arthur!
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See more of Arthur’s Healing thru Yoga story here.
Are you up for making a difference today? Just take a look around you, and find an opportunity to compliment or thank someone for good service or a great attitude. For instance, from a cashier’s point of view this is likely to be the only difference between you and the hundreds of people both before and after you in line today. Have You Validated Anyone Today?
Try this quiz:
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor actress.
- Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is that none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
- Think of a few people who have made you feel, appreciated and special.
- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
- Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The people who have made a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They’re the ones that care. Now take a second look at that second part of the quiz. Reach out to those people and validate them before it’s too late!
In the middle of an ordinary everyday moment, sitting in the living room putting on my boots, I glanced across the room at one of the game system consoles that the kids use. There were no controllers plugged into it, and staring straight back at me were 4 oversized circular ports where each controller plugs in. They have a “D” shape to them as you can see in the picture, and they are very rugged and simplistic. What’s interesting is that not only does the “D” shape prevent plugging the controller in wrong, the circular design also protects the pins in the controller plug from being bent or broken. Twist it any way you want, and press as hard as you want, but until the “D” shape is lined up, nothing gets plugged in and nothing gets damaged.
One of the greatest responsibilities we have is to support ourselves and others in living at our highest and best. Whether we’re parents, friends or leaders, it’s incumbent upon us to help others to live as close to their unique potential as we can.
With everything we say and do, we’re influencing — positively or negatively — the people we care about. The ideal is to do this with consideration and intention. Here are ten ways you can help others see and realize the best that’s within them.