Saturday, November 8, 2008

Law of Attraction: The Power of Free Will ...

Free will ... self-determination ... the discretion to make free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by any forces such as fate or divine will.

Ray and myself are still in middle of our annual leave. So, we decided to clear out some old junks in the house like out-of-fashion clothes and old magazines. Ray also decided to clear out his old copies of Reader's Digest and intends to sell to the secondhand bookstore. I couldn't help having a quick run thru the pages for a good read before the books are gone. That's when I came across these 3 inspiring real-life tales of self-determination that overcame disabilities, shame and fear.

The 1st an article by Marc Lerner "Grasping Life":

  • It chronicled the life of a renowned Taiwanese mouth-artist, Hsieh Kun-Shan. Hsieh came from a poor family and had to start work at a very young age. At the age 16, due to a work-related accident, he lost both his arms and a leg and subsequently an eye. Yet he refused to be defeated by the heavy blow. Deprived of his hands, he taught himself to paint with his mouth and even became an excellent painter. His optimistic spirit has moved a lot of people.

The 2nd an article by David Moller "Marathon of Miracles":

  • It shared the courageous decision by a British ex-boxing champion, Michael Watson who suffered brain damage after a super-middleweight fight in September 1991 to run in the London Marathon 2003. With only one good leg, he pivots along the official route and completed the marathon in 6 days 2 hours and 27 minutes. It was the slowest time in the marathon's history. However, Michael Watson's determination won the nation's heart.

The 3rd article written by Robert Kiener "An Unspeakable Nightmare, An Unstoppable Dream":

  • It tells the courageous struggle of an illiterate Pakistani woman, brutally raped and was supposed to kill herself to restore her family's honour. Instead she choose to live, rose above the humiliation and threats of death to fight for justice and went on to become a woman activitist devoting her life to the cause of oppressed women and education in her country.

It is hard not to be touched and inspired by these stories of unflagging perseverance in the face of adversity, never for one moment losing hope. One would expect them having suffered such misfortunes to complain and grumble about unfairness in life. Yet they stood tall with their resilience to become a symbol strength and inspiration to so many across the globe.

"What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds." Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help advocate, author and lecturer.

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