Grateful for my Hands…The Better to Hug you with!

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Isn’t it interesting when life is sending you a message from every angle? I love when this happens. It always makes me know that I am “Right where I am supposed to be!”

This happened just today. First on my very favorite show (well besides Downton Abbey), the CBS Sunday Morning Show, there was a feature about 30-year-old Nick Vujicic who was born with no arms or legs. This remarkable person is able to encourage and love others and help them to have a better life. Really?!?

He could be bitter or angry yet he is encouraging others, feels lucky and optimistic and there is nothing he can’t do and nothing he won’t try. He says he owes it all to his Faith. And that Faith has taken him on an amazing adventure! He swims, plays golf, skydives and surfs–he is a miracle and he is an inspiration. He is a motivational speaker to sell-out crowds around the globe. He even writes books…with no hands. Yes, his second one, Unstoppable, just hit the NYT Best Sellers List. And he has a non-profit called Life Without Limbs that helps all those others living with similar disabilities in the world.

Then I went to church and my minister is teaching a series on the 5 senses. And guess what? Today was about the hands. And he spoke on a young woman, Lindsay Ess, who lost her hands and feet due to a complication with Crohn’s Disease and recently had a hand transplant.

You heard me right…she now has someone else’s hands, a person so generous to be an organ donor. Now she is learning to use them. When she spoke of her new hands, she sees them as a gift. She feels lucky. She isn’t bitter or upset. She is Amazing! She is learning to write and paint and have a normal life. She is also a motivational speaker and inspiration to so many.

Don’t we all too often take for granted our blessings? As I type this, my 1216th blog post, I definitely can’t say that I don’t take my hands for granted on a daily basis.

I take them for granted when I hold my daughter in my arms and hug her daily. I take them for granted when I use them to design projects, and measure, and photograph, and make fabric selections. And I take them for granted when I use my hands to hug designers that come to camp, or pat a Mastermind Member on the back for a job well done.

Just last night on a rare occasion of a date night with my hubby, he even held my hand in the movies. It was so sweet.

And tonight, I will use my hands for yoga poses in my Yin and Restorative classes. I will use them to relax and replenish my body and my soul.

So today, I am grateful for my hands. My hands that I cook with, design with and love with. My hands that I hugged and encouraged 26 women in my MBA camp with last week. And if I am lucky, I will use them all the days of my life to work in service and love of others.

I am grateful that I got this message of gratitude not just once, but twice today. I was obviously supposed to hear it LOUD AND CLEAR. And it definitely made an impression. I got it. And I GET it!

And if there is a bigger lesson that I can learn from this it is that if Nick can do it and Lindsay can do it–then there is NOTHING that I can’t do. And there is nothing that YOU can’t do. NOTHING. Absolutely Nothing!!

I hope you will think twice the next time you are about to say “I Can’t”, because you SO can.

Happy Sunday! xo,

 

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8 Responses to Grateful for my Hands…The Better to Hug you with!

  1. KATHYSUE says:

    Tobi, thank you for sharing the words that were given to you. I too, believe that we receive messages loud and clear when we are receptive and it is a double blessing when we are allowed to share it with others,
    thank you for sharing your message today,
    Kathysue

  2. Ivy de Leon says:

    It was an amazing story. I’m picking up Nick Vujicic’s book. Great read to inspire and bring balance to what really matters.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing, Tobi. I think God was telling me something through your message, it came at just the right time! What an inspiration .

  4. Lisa Mende says:

    I think this is my favorite blog post you have ever written! :)

  5. Franki Parde says:

    This has been my motto for fifty years…”Do the Best you Can with What you Have.” franki

  6. laney says:

    …i have not visited you for sometime…and i must tell you…how much i love your blog…i loved it in its other life…but i love it more now…beautiful pictures…be they of rooms…or pets…or people are wonderful…but beautiful words are what touch our hearts…thank you…a lovely addition to my new year…blessings laney

  7. Nancy says:

    I saw Nick’s story yesterday on Sunday Morning, one of my favorite shows also. He is such a positive and upbeat person and makes me realize just how lucky I am. Sometimes we tend to forget that in everyday life.

  8. Anne C. says:

    I, too, love the CBS Morning Show and caught the heartwarming interview with Nick. Also watched a televised piece about Lindsay Ess’ journey — so awe-inspiring. I hope interviews with and news stories about people like Nick and Lindsay Ess will someday edge out insignificant fodder about the Kardashians, Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen, and Lindsay Lohan. Sad that Americans are so drawn to circus sideshows instead of choosing to reflect on resilient people with inspiring lessons about overcoming immense obstacles.

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