Have you ever heard, seen or been a part of a story that puts life into a reality check mode?
A couple of years ago, I had the chance of a lifetime to attend the I Can Do It Conference in Toronto, Ontario. I went with high hopes of meeting some of my favourite authors, like Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Brian Weiss. I wasn’t disappointed in any way, however, I was taken back by a special guest of Wayne Dyer’s, who touched my heart in the most profound way.
For those who haven’t seen his story, meet Dan Caro, a 34 year old man, whose story is like no other. At the age of two, while playing out in the family garage he knocked over a gas can and the pilot light on the hot water heater ignited, setting the garage on fire. Dan, rescued by fire fighters had burns on 75 per cent of his body. With many surgeries, he also lost both hands. In the 80’s he was able to get a moveable thumb.
When Dan first stood on the stage, he told us, how, at the age of 5, he wanted to learn how to tie a shoe. Given the fact that he had no hands, it seemed like a daunting task. He went on to say, how dispite the adversity, he tried, daily to tie his shoes. At the age of 12, he taught himself to tie his shoes (which he showed us on stage). Dan Caro playing drums
Dan is now a world renowned drummer, with amazing skills. He is also an inspirational speaker and teacher, as he travels the continent, telling his story and inspiring others to make the most of it.
When faced with obstacles and adversity, many of us go the opposite way of what Dan Caro did. Rather than trying for seven years to tie our shoes, we decide that it’s just not a possibility, and give up before even trying.
But Dan tapped into a ‘secret’ that many of us know, but are unaware of. We can do anything, and our possibilities are endless. Rather than listening to what others think we ought to do, or what we think we ought to do, we should be following our hearts, following our dreams, and following through, no matter what it takes.
It’s only when we let ourselves become trapped in our own negative thinking and fears that we put caps on what possibilities lie in front of us. These negative thoughts and fears drive us away from what it is we really want in life, and stop us from living life to its fullest.
As Dan has shown, when we can overcome these, we can beat our own drums, we can reach higher limits, and we can do what we came here to do. Seeing him again on the PPS special also reminded me, we all need to keep a role model like Dan in our own line of sight, be it a picture of him on a vision board, or simply keeping an inspirational playlist of Youtube Video favourites which we can go back to again and again, ’cause you never get tired of great inspiration.
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