Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vacation - Thursday's Inspiration

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We all have these little spaces and times in our lives when we catch a little glimpse into the life of somebody else. Nearly without fail, it is during these times that we will either wish we had what they do, or feel fortunate for that which we do have.

Yet, then again, there are these people who inspire us. They cause us to look at our own life situation and ask how we can make it better…they make us want to be the best person who we can be. We also then seek to share their story with others, this way; others may be motivated and inspired as well.

You see, I have these little moments in my life where I get into a state of self-pity, and I look at all of the things I am forced to endure. At times, I feel that these things are so overwhelming that I am brought into a state of anguish. I feel that nobody has a more thorny trail to hike in life than I do…then along comes a kid who, no matter how hard his life gets, greets it with a smile and does what he can—even when the odds may be stacked against him.

I’d like to introduce you to Adam Bender, an eight year-old boy who had a cancerous growth in his leg and, when he was 1 year old, had to have it amputated. What this kid has done with is life so far is nothing short of inspiring. It is my hope that his story will inspire you as much as it did me.

If you wish to hear no more, stop now, click the “exit” button, and all is well. However, if you would like, you may read more about Adam HERE or watch him HERE.

I can make you this promise, you won’t regret finding out more about this little boy who just won't give up.

photos by Charles Bertram


Julie said...

All I can say! Thank you.

Kris said...

First off my dear friend and family member you are Awesome! I have had to rethink my life when I watch stories like that.

Gerb said...

What a great, inspirational story. Makes you think twice about things, doesn't it?

cari said...

Amazing! I'll have to show this one to my kids too. Thanks for sharing!

annette said...

How did you find out about him?

Teachinfourth said...

Jewels - You betcha!

Kris - I do too; I'm grateful for stuff like this to help me remember.

Gerb - Indeed, it does.

Cari - It helps us to realize that we shouldn't let our 'handicaps' hold us back...

Nettle - Forwarded email (which I usually delete without reading) I searched a little and found more information about him and discovered that it was really a real story. Too often, I've gotten those which are 'so true' only to find out that they are not.

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