There have been many people who have inspired the world with their courage and strength. Some are well-known to us; others are hidden within the anonymity of their everyday lives. All of these individuals have one thing in common; they have never given up in the face of adversity and extreme challenges.
A Fire in My Heart is a new series of articles that will shine the spotlight on those whose heart’s burn with a desire to rise above what life has thrown at them; a desire to move forward with faith and love, and to share their experiences with others. These are their stories.
Medically, there were no answers to Nick’s question; no reasons to be given, which undoubtedly contributed to his depression, loneliness and self-esteem issues, along with growing up in a world that has very distinct ideas on what is classified as “normal.”
The challenges this young 28 year-old man has had to face are great; greater than what most of us have had to face; greater than what most of us could ever deal with, but Nick has drawn from his enormous inner strength and his faith in God, to rise above his disability and use it for the greater good.
After graduating with a double Bachelor’s degree from Griffith University in Logan, Australia, Nick began sharing his story and encouraging others through motivational speaking. As he says: I found the purpose of my existence, and also the purpose of my circumstance. There’s a purpose for why you’re in the fire.
If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart! ~ Nick Vujicic
Overcoming the obstacles of having no sight might seem insurmountable to some, but for Diane, she has used her impairment to inspire others with her strength and determination. Lack of vision has not hindered her from living a normal life. Not only does she give motivational talks, Diane was also a journalist in the Nashville music scene, but probably her greatest achievement is one many of us might find hard to comprehend.
Diane draws her strength from God, and uses her blindness as a tool to motivate others to overcome the obstacles in their own lives, proving that nothing is impossible if you have the strength, spirit and energy to rise above and move forward with a positive mind and loving heart.
The way I look at it, if I can do what I have done, without sight, how much can you do? ~ Diane Rose
In 1992, Derek was a favorite to win the 400m at the Barcelona Olympic Games, but something went wrong during the semifinals. Despite his preparedness and confidence, 250m from the finish line Derek’s hamstring tears. The moments that followed will forever be held synonymous with the Olympic spirit, and that of the determination, will and courage of the human spirit.
Afterwards, Derek told London’s The Guardian newspaper: Everything I had worked for was finished. I hated everybody. I hated the world. I hated hamstrings. I hated it all. I felt so bitter that I was injured again. I told myself I had to finish. I kept hopping round.
Derek is now a motivational speaker who shares his story to help inspire others to overcome their obstacles, to help build teamship and set goals for the future. He is also a patron of a charity called Round Table Children’s Wish, which is similar to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~ T. S. Eliot
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