They say Love conquers all.. This story of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick Hoyt is so moving, is so inspiring that it makes all moans and groans about the challenges in life seem small and insignificant in comparison.
When a family can believe in the limitlessness of what they can do and accomplish and won’t accept anyone telling them they can’t.. honestly brings a tear to my eye.
Dick’s love for his son, and his heart felt belief in “I can”, “You can”, “We can”.. shows that with that deep heart felt love you can achieve, be and do whatever you believe you can.
For most of us, having a son diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and then.. being told by so called professionals and doctors “he’s going to be a vegetable the rest of his life.. you’d be better putting him in an institution”, would be enough to defeat and beat the crap out of us. But Dick’s love and a willingness not to be ‘confined by conventional thinking’, but believing in a bigger and better future, made him take action towards a better life for his son and his family. He didn’t just wish it, he didn’t just fantasize about it he believed in it with such conviction he was driven to action.
I’m sure many of us would choose to focus on the limitations and see them as an insurmountable burden, problem and pain.. and use it as an excuse and a crutch for not doing things.. as an excuse not do what would make a difference in our lives and those around us.. and more especially for our children.
What you focus on you get more of..
If ever there was an example of not listening to or focusing on the words “ I can’t ” this is it. Focusing on his son having a normal life, has made his son experience quite an exceptional life.
As a father myself this story makes me reflect on what I actually do with and for my kids and what limitations I choose to put in the way (whether consciously or unconsciously), and how selfish some of these are from time to time.
I am so thankful for being a father and having the opportunity to share in the lives of my beautiful children.
I am so thankful for coming across this inspiring story of Dick and Rick, a father’s love for his son.
I am thankful for spending a week in the sun talking to an inspiring father who does more for his kids than most people I know.
If you want to know more about Dick and Rick you can visit their website here: http://www.teamhoyt.com
Or you can watch more of the Youtube vid’s above. And if you have a bigger vision for your life and your families lives you can make it a reality if you start to believe ‘You can‘.