We were always told that anything is possible. But, in reality, how far have we gone to see with our own eyes that yes, indeed, nothing is impossible? Our trials can either make or break us. Moving forward, while bearing the challenges, can be difficult. At times, we feel hopeless and helpless. But one will never know his capability unless he believes in himself, change his outlook in life, and tries.
Meet Arthur, then 47 years of age, whose life has changed when he decided to take control of his life and own it. Arthur was a disabled veteran after his injury as a paratrooper in the Gulf War as numerous jumps took a toll on his health, especially his back. For 15 years, he had lived believing and accepting that he would never be able to walk again unassisted. He could not do a lot of work, could neither walk nor run, and in the process, he gained a huge amount of weight. For him, exercise was an impossible task. If you cannot walk or run, then there is no chance of losing weight. A search in the internet led from one thing to another. He became interested in yoga as a cardio program. However, most yoga instructors turned him away, except for one.
Then, he came across the Diamond Dallas Page, who has authored self-help books and done DVDs and seminars as a yogi and motivational fitness guru. Arthur watched some of the clips and thought that he could do it. Arthur bought Diamond Dallas Page’s workout. But it was not easy. He fell many times, but always get back up and never gave up. Arthur had finally seen how yoga and his determination have shaped his body. He had been losing weight. In two months, he had given up the chair for balance. In three months, there was no need for him to use leg braces. In six months, he was a hundred pounds lighter. Eight months later, Arthur was walking and jogging like nothing happened.
Arthur admitted that he was on the verge of giving up and acknowledging the fact that he is done. He started to accept the fact that he would not be able to normally walk again. And for him, that was his biggest mistake- to believe in what others had to say about what you can do and what you cannot. After everything, Arthur leaves us a lesson. In the beginning, Arthur could barely move without his braces and cane. Then, life turned a 180-degree turn allowing him not only to move, but walk, jog, and even run. Anything is possible, even the unthinkable, when you believe in yourself and when you do not give up.