Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Just think of Kyle

A great person who gives determination, perseverance and focus a new meaning.

This morning at 5:22am to 6am, l was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed is an understatement considering l am still crying and its like 7:15am. I am at work typing away.

Kyle Maynard is what overwhelmed me.

Kyle is a congenital amputee. But that is not what is important. What is remarkable is that Kyle can do everything. Kyle is a wrestler, a model and motivational speaker. The guy is either 18 or 19 years of age. The greatest additional is that Kyle didn't grow up in an exceptionally rich home. He was like any other kid in a normal family. But this family had a great and still has a great attitude.

As Larry King was interviewing him l couldn't help but cry. Look at this guy who can do more than most of us and yet he has not legs or hands...l kept muttering to myself. I thought of all the things l have said l cannot do. Things l have told myself are too hard to do. How could l have an excuse? How can l look myself in the mirror and limit that person l see? If you haven't seen Kyle Maynard's interview on CNN please request for it. If you want a reason never to  give up, just watch Kyle.

It's one thing to hear good stories that cause us to go ahead and live out our dreams. But l promise you that it is entirely another thing to see someone push themselves to achieve beyond human imagination. I don't even know why they haven't done a movie on him.

I learnt alot this morning about making it no matter what life throws at you. I learnt that God has made us stronger than we care to know. But one thing that the parents of Kyle said will stick with me for long. You know, Kyle used to be fed when he was growing up. Sometimes he used to fall on the stairs and of course someone would have to pick him up.  But one day his parents realized we will not always be around him to help him. So they begun to allow him to figure out how to pick up or feed himself. And he did. Now a statement they made was this is kinda paraphrased, "We knew he had to learn to do things for himself because the world was not going to tailor things for him." Simply said he had to learn to make the best of what he had because no one was going to stop and make room for him.

Today l wished l could take that program and take it to all the schools of the physically challenged in Kenya and to all who say they cannot make it.

I made a promise to myself this morning as l watched Larry interview Kyle...
LORD EVERYTIME I THINK I CAN'T DO SOMETHING PLEASE REMIND ME OF KYLE.

I am just overwhelmed. If you watch Kyle you will get up and do everything that is humanly possible to accomplish your goals. And for real, you will make it. Just think of Kyle

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