June 8, 2011
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How would you cast a man without arms or legs in a movie about a circus in the great depression?
In my last post I wrote about looking in the mirror and seeing “flaws” that are truly insignificant. I also shared a video about a woman who, each time she looks in the mirror, sees a woman without arms. Yet that same woman has a pilots’ license, an accomplishment I’ve not been able to achieve with two arms.
Today I want to tell you about Nick Vujicic, a preacher and motivational speaker from Australia who has neither arms nor legs.
As you could imagine, he was bullied as a young boy and, at the age of 10, considered committing suicide in 6 inches of water. Yet he went on to graduate from university at the age of 21 with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning. Since then he’s become a motivational speaker, traveling internationally and focusing on teen issues. He is also director of Life Without Limbs, an organization for the physically disabled and regularly gives speeches about disabilities and hope.
I love the name of his first book, Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, which was published in 2010. While I’ve seen several of his motivational talks on YouTube, I especially liked his role in the award-winning short film “The Butterfly Circus.” I have included in this post both parts of this film (it needed to be cut into two parts for inclusion on YouTube) and encourage you to see both of them. It will be twenty minutes well spent!
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