Life Without Limbs

Recently, when I wrote about Cornel Munn, a young lad in my home town who’s life is such an inspiration to many, one of my visitors (Marty) commented that he was reminded of Nick Vujicic (pronounced Voy-chich). Today, I was watching one of his (Nick’s) videos that I found to be very inspiring, and also very moving, and I thought I would share it here on my blog. If you are ever feeling down in the dumps about life and the hand it is dealing you, then I commend you to watch one or two of Nick’s videos.

He certainly has very many obstacles to overcome every single day of his life, but Nick’s overriding message is that if he can overcome such difficulty, then so too can we overcome the problems and challenges that life throws at us.

He leads an incredibly active life and, as you can see in the above video, having no limbs does not seem to have damped his spirit one jot. He is a truly amazing guy. I love his zest for life and his message that you are good enough “just the way you are”. It reminds me of the line from Bridget Jones’ Diary, but really, that is certainly a message that a good number of people need to hear.

These days, with magazines showing us images of apparently perfect human specimens, it may be difficult to keep in mind that these creatures don’t actually exist. Firstly the models have been painted, pandered and posed to perfection (quite a nice alliteration there) and then, once photographed, they have been air-brushed, tinted and photo-shopped to complete the illusion.

Personally, I love seeing images of ordinary people, just smiling and enjoying life and that’s why I use them extensively in my own videos . There is genuine beauty within us all and Nick, I believe, has a wonderful way of getting people to truly understand that beauty. He radiates the warmth, happiness and sheer good humour that provides an amazing object lesson about being comfortable in your own body.

Nick is a devout Christian and speaks frankly about the difficulty of reconciling his faith, and the faith of his parents, with the notion of a loving God. He talks also about the turning point in his life when he began to be grateful for his life, rather than being angry with God for his condition. In a number of his talks, Nick quotes the following passage taken from the book of Jeremiah:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It is a wonderful message of hope that Nick has been able to fully embrace and use as his inspiration for a new career as an internationally renowned motivational speaker. By helping to inspire and motivate others, Nick believes that he is now living his life-purpose.

Personally, I believe we all have a life-purpose. I don’t think we are here by accident; I think we are here, on the planet, to find and achieve our own individual life-purpose in exactly the same way that Nick has done and I also hope you will be inspired by Nick to think about your own life-purpose too.

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