|Nick uses technology and simple ingenuity to get around and be as independent as possible.|
- The blind girl he met who wanted to "see" him. She was unfazed by the absence of limbs, but when she felt his beard, she freaked out!
- Another little girl who did not speak to him all evening at a party. When she was leaving, he asked if she would like to give him a hug. She paused, put her arms behind her back, and, showing a high degree of empathy, leaned in for a "neck hug."
- His first and only schoolyard fight, when he left the older, bigger bully with a bloody nose. I would love to have seen that! Too bad this predated You Tube.
- His adventures surfing, skateboarding, scuba diving, playing the drums and keyboard. You can see some of this on You Tube.
- The fun he has helping people get comfortable being around him with his pranks and jokes. "Can you lend me a hand?"
|Nick takes every opportunity to pull pranks like this. One of his rules of life: do something ridiculous every day!|
His life really is inspirational. I have not seen him live or seen his videos, but I am sure the written word only captures a fraction of his good humor, love of life, and contagious joy. Besides just enjoying his stories and taking in his practical teaching, the thing I'm left with most of all is the witness of his life. If he can be happy in his circumstances, I can be happy in mine. If he can be thankful in his physical state, I can be thankful, too. You can't help but be inspired and challenged by this amazing man.
(I am grateful to WaterBrook/Multnomah for providing this free copy for review.)