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CREATIVE WILL
 

"He who is firm in will molds the world to himself."

Goethe

Creativity utilizes the will as well as the mind. In fact, when creating something of large proportion, the will provides the power to persevere and see a project through. A mind fueled by a powerful will is an unlimited force, capable of creating anything it desires.

The following is a story by Burt Dubin. This story is excerpted from Chicken Soup For The Soul, a book written by Mark Hansen and Jack Canfield. This book is full of wonderful anecdotes and short stories of courage and inspiration. Everyone should have a copy of this book and read it when there is a need to be uplifted.

Creative Will
This particular story moved me to tears. When I absorbed the level of determination and courage it took to persevere against overwhelming odds, something in my chest stirred, swelled and overflowed. I was profoundly moved. I present this here because we all have the capacity to do what was accomplished by this one human being. No one was born with a crippled will. And, will is the very aspect of each of us that allows us to rise above whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. This true story is a testament to the creative will.
 
 
 

The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A little boy had the job of coming to school early each day to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived.

One morning they arrived to find the school house engulfed in flames. They dragged the unconscious little boy out of the flaming building more dead than alive. He had major burns over the lower half of his body and was taken to the nearby county hospital.

From his bed the dreadfully burned, semi-conscious little boy faintly heard the doctor talking to his mother. The doctor told his mother that her son would surely die - which was for the best, really - for the terrible fire had devastated the lower half of his body.

But the brave boy didn’t want to die. He made up his mind that he would survive. Somehow, to the amazement of the physician, he did survive. When the mortal danger was past, he again heard the doctor and his mother speaking quietly. The mother was told that since the fire had destroyed so much flesh in the lower part of his body, it would almost be better if he had died, since he was doomed to be a lifetime cripple with no use at all of his lower limbs.

Once more the brave boy made up his mind. He would not be a cripple. He would walk. But unfortunately from the waist down, he had no motor ability. His thin legs just dangled there, all but lifeless.

Ultimately he was released from the hospital. Every day his mother would massage his little legs, but there was no feeling, no control, nothing. Yet his determination that he would walk was as strong as ever.

When he wasn’t in bed, he was confined to a wheelchair. One sunny day his mother wheeled him out into the yard to get some fresh air. This day, instead of sitting there, he threw himself from the chair. He pulled himself across the grass, dragging his legs behind him.

He worked his way to the white picket fence bordering their lot. With great effort, he raised himself up on the fence. Then, stake by stake, he began dragging himself along the fence, resolved that he would walk. He started to do this every day until he wore a smooth path all around the yard beside the fence. There was nothing he wanted more than to develop life in those legs.

Ultimately through his daily massages, his iron persistence and his resolute determination, he did develop the ability to stand up, then to walk haltingly, then to walk by himself - and then - to run.

He began to walk to school, then to run to school, to run for the sheer joy of running. Later in college he made the track team.

Still later in Madison Square Garden this young man who was not expected to survive, who would surely never walk, who could never hope to run - this determined young man, Dr. Glenn Cunningham, ran the world’s fastest mile!

 
Burt Dubin is the developer of Speaking Success System. His skillful telling of this tale made it even more powerful as a message of encouragement. He can be reached at the Personal Achievement Institute, Kingman, Arizona. 1-800-321-1225.
 

On June 16, 1934, Glenn Cunningham ran the mile in 4:06.8 minutes, breaking the world’s record. His effort portrays that whatever you want to create in your life is yours for the making. As long as you desire it enough and allow your will to guide you, you can have and be whatever your heart desires. The only one that can put limits on our personal will is ourselves. Develop and encourage your will to create and all the forces of nature within and without will help you bring your desire to pass.

© J.L. Read, 1997. All Rights Reserved.
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1949 — 2000

 

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