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You can stand tall, no matter how small!

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by cheer, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    As Tall as You Want to Be

    When he was two years old, this adopted child of two college
    professors suddenly and inexplicably stopped growing, and
    his health started to fail.

    A team of doctors gave him six months to live after they
    diagnosed him as suffering from a rare disease that inhibits
    digestion and nutrients in food. Intravenous feedings of
    vitamins and supplements allowed him to regain his strength,
    but his growth was permanently stunted.

    Confined to hospitals for long periods of time, until the
    age of nine, he quietly plotted his revenge on the kids who
    taunted him and called him "peanut."

    He recalled many years later that subconsciously "the whole
    experience made me want to succeed at something athletic."
    Sometimes his sister, Susan, went ice skating at the local
    rink, and he would go along to watch.

    There he stood, a frail, undergrown kid, with a feeding tube
    inserted through his nose and down into his stomach. When he
    wasn't using it, one end of the tube was taped behind his
    ear.

    One day, as he watched his sister whirl around the ice, he
    turned to his parents and said, "You know, I think I'd like
    to try ice skating." Talk about two adults, looking at their
    life-threatened child, with glances that were beyond belief!

    Well, he tried it and he loved it, and he went at it with a
    passion. Here was something fun at which he could excel,
    where height and weight weren't important.

    During his medical checkup the following year, the doctors
    were startled to discover that he had actually started
    growing again. It was too late for him to reach normal size,
    but neither he nor his family cared. He was recovering and
    succeeding. He believed in his dream, although he had little
    else to hang on to.

    None of the kids taunt him and tease him today. Instead,
    they all cheer and rush to get his autograph. He has just
    completed another dazzling performance on the world
    professional ice skating tour, with a long string of triple
    jumps, complicated maneuvers, and athletic moves, capped off
    with a racing front flip that brought him to a sudden stop
    inches from the audience.

    Although he has retired from professional skating, he
    remains a coach, mentor and commentator revered by everyone
    in winter sports.

    At five feet three inches and 115 pounds of pure muscle and
    electrifying energy, former Olympic gold medal figure
    skating champion, Scott Hamilton stands as tall and as proud
    as any winner. Scott's size didn't limit his faith and
    reach. Don't let doubts and critics limit yours.

    This doesn't mean that you'll close almost every sale or get
    promoted in record time. Scott Hamilton certainly didn't hit
    every triple-axle jump he ever attempted, especially during
    the initial learning phase. Success in developing any skill
    requires a basic trust in your ability that should never be
    allowed to waver.

    You can stand tall, no matter how small!


    -- Denis Waitley

     
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  2. madhu11

    madhu11 Bronze IL'ite

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    Once again thank you cheer for a lovely post. And by the way I love watching ice skating.:wink:
     
  3. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Madhu thanx a lot:wave
     
  4. Jananikrithsan

    Jananikrithsan Gold IL'ite

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    HI Cheer,
    Thanks for a great post!!!!!
     
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    bindunaidu New IL'ite

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    hi cheer,
    a truly inspiring story..
     
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    slp807 Bronze IL'ite

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    thanxs cheer for posting such an inspiring post
     
  7. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    thanx ladies:)
     
  8. Tamildownunder

    Tamildownunder Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi, Cheer,

    Thanks for a very useful and interesting post.

    Regards,

    TDU
     
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    meenu Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear cheer,
    It was an inspirational post.
    Regards,
    Meenu
     
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    padmamadhavan New IL'ite

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    Beautiful message,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
     

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