You Are Very Special!
And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise…not even yourself.
Everyday is a new chance to show others you are very special. Each minute of the day offers you the opportunity to brighten someone’s day, to shine a little brighter and show how very important you are.
You are indeed very special. You just need to look for opportunities to shine and be brave enough to act. You can demonstrate, even if just to yourself, just how special you really are – if you but try.If you really think that you're not special, you are not being truthful with yourself or with those around you. Click To Tweet
Take Spencer Zimmerman for instance. At only thirteen years old, how special could a 13 year-old be. What could he possibly do that would be any different than any other teenage boy in the world? He lived in a small town. He went to a normal school, like hundreds of thousands of young men his age all over the world. What’s so special about him?
Nothing is special about his situation. It just happens to be the circumstance in which he found himself. But Spencer did not lament the normalcy of his lot in life. Instead he decided to show you and the world he is special by noticing his surroundings and making them better.
He recognized someone special in his circle of influence and decided to brighten that person’s life. He noticed Dayton Hayward.
Dayton could not speak or walk. He had cerebral palsy and a serious seizure disorder.
But Spencer saw an opportunity to serve Dayton in a way that became very special.
Spencer approached Dayton’s parents with the idea of helping Dayton participate in a triathlon. Dayton became very excited at the idea and approval was given for the new team to participate.
After training for the event, Spencer and Dayton began the triathlon together. Spencer had to be very creative in finding ways for Dayton to complete each leg of the event. As Spencer swam one leg, he pulled Dayton behind him in an inflated boat. For the bike leg, he pulled Dayton in a cart, and he pushed Dayton in a special stroller for the run.
This brings to mind several questions to ponder.
- How enriched did Dayton’s life became through this outpouring of love?
- Did Dayton feel special because of Spencer’s actions?
- How special did Spencer feel seeing Dayton smiling at him the entire way?
- How grateful were Dayton’s parents to have someone befriend their special child in this way? (at just 13 years old too)
- And finally, how proud of Spencer must his parents have been?
I am sure each was never happier. It not only inspired those who personally witnessed this special kindness and act of love, but it is a great inspiration to us all. Spencer did not have to go far to find his specialness. He just had to do something special to help someone special and he became special – right in his own backyard. You can and should do the same.
Spencer Zimmerman, even if you don’t know it yet, you are special.
Follow Spencer’s example.
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