Saturday, November 21, 2009
when you feel you can't.....
(This is my new friend, Oscar, skating. But what you may not see in this photo, is that he doesn't have a left foot to put on the board, and he is missing what we take for granted everyday, both of our hands!)
how many times a day do you grab things with your hands a day? Pulling the blankets off you in the morning...brushing your teeth...turning the doorknob in your room....and the list goes on.....
Oscar was born without his hands, and a left foot and lower portion of his leg.....but what he can do with determination in his mind...won't stop him from anything...even if it means some mornings it takes him 15 minutes to tie the laces on his shoe...
I had the most amazing interview with Oscar...his story sets every thought that tells you, "it's too hard or impossible"....free to fly out the door and fills you with the hope that....in this life, there may be obstacles....but NOTHING...., no disability of your body or disability in your thinking, needs to ever stop you from doing what you were created to do!
I did an interview with Oscar (just wait...he's an incredible, inspiring, and sweet human being!), and with my good friend, Ian Ruhter , who has been working on his art & inspiration project, called ENABLED...which shows your heart and mind...the incredible stories of some (what society calls "disabled") of the most enabled and inspiring people.
These people were born with missing limbs, went through horrific accidents, or suffered illnesses that took away their limbs....but they have done more than the average person...without waivering!
Ian is an amazing photographer, that shoots for world famous brands...he has devoted his heart and energy to this project (to bring hope, awareness, and inspiration to a world that's in need of a little "enabling of your dreams"). He has poured his own saving into this, and is ready to show you this amazing story of hope...
Watch tomorrow for the interview....(on youtube)...and the invite to come and have your heart changed beyond belief at the premiere of the art show with me.....
may your hearts and hopes soar to the moon, huge love, kandee
Posted by Kandee Johnson at 11:51 AM
Labels: enabled project, enabledproject.com, ian ruhter, oscar
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Thank you Kandee! This brought tears to my eyes. I've been complaining lately about something now that seems so trivial and it was bugging me. Sometimes we really just need an eye opener and I'm so happy you gave this one to me!
Hi Kandee, I love your stories they're so inspiring and meaningful. My 7 yr. old daughter thinks your awesome, she says she wants to be famous like you :)
This is AMAZING! When I was a kid I looked up to Jim Abbot (the MLB Pitcher who was missing a hand).. Now I have a dog who was born without a food and we are working with him so that he can meet little kids who have similar afflictions and disabilities. We also want to bring him to schools so that kids can see that even though Cappy looks a little different, hes the same
GREAT story and I love to hear stuff like this!!
Tell Oscar that if he is interested in learning alittle bit more about Cappy and what Cappy is doing to help kids with disabilities, he can read it here
Cappy's Power Nubby Foundation
You always manage to find such inspirational people and stories to help out life in perspective and realize not only just how good many of us have it, but just how strong people can be, just how good, kind, giving, caring, and decent people can truly be.
i love ur blog..
u inspired people and give us a wake up call..
thanx so much kandee.. :)
Reading your blog fills my heart with hope everyday, Kandee! Thank you. =)
Can't wait for the interview, sounds wonderful. <3
It really is beautiful. He is such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing this with us. I just read it to my entire family and we're all in awe of how he didn't let anything stop him. It teaches us all a valuable lesson.
...being short,chubby,brown or whatever it is we are so "not happy with" is nothing compared to this... we should be thankful with what we have and go move on in a better way, you're so kind to reminds us the purpose of life.
Great reminder of how we need to stop complaining about what we can't do and just go for it. There are so many small things i let get in the way of my goals that arent worth worrying about. Looking forward to that ENABLED project.
very inspirational! You have 2 blogs right? Do you think its possible if you only post beauty blogs no one blog and personal/inspirational stuff on the other?
hats off to your dear friend Ian & you.
danke shcoun for sharing this story.
sometimes we did take things for granted, and appreciating things that we have is the hardest thing to do when we started comparing and blaming etc.
Muchas gracias again both of u Kandee & Ian!!
Very very inspirational story! :) All the best to Oscar...
I'd also like to share this really inspirational video about a man who also was born without limbs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_XW6Y-K3QE
will u please do a make-up video im having with draws
what a good blog Kandee - that is absolutely amazing that he can still skate and do everything.
Hi Kandee, love your blog and this inspiring story. It made instandly think of Micah Daltons song "What would I do if they were free?".
It's often us, the family and friends who set boundaries which are often random and where shouldn't be boundaries. And we get scared when we get near them, when it only takes some courage and imagination to pass and leave them behind.
My big goal is doing the Ironman Hawaii. A "good" friend of mine laughed at me when I told her. It still hurts but I'm on my way, because I know I can do, because I ran a half marathon last year, when all my old friends and family said I couldn't do it because I wasn't good at school sport but I did it!
To get the cheers and faith that I need I set up my blog and it helps a lot and is fun. http://struggling-towards-ironman.blogspot.com
Big Thanks again for your blog, it's a ray of sunshine on rainy days. And thanks for your make up tutorials, I learned a lot from them and will continue to do so.
Cheers from Germany,
Thank you so much for posting this Kandee!
It made me reflect on my life and realize that it`s not that bad. And it made me feel grateful for all the things in my life.
This is a really great project. And Oscar is pretty cute too:p
Your external beauty is clearly just a reflection of your inner beauty.I think you're amazing!
Audrey Hepburn's beauty tips:
For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, Walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.
And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!
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