Saturday, June 30, 2012

We are all much more powerful than we might ever imagine.

The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. An eight-year-old boy named Glenn Cunningham had the job of coming to school early each day so that he could use kerosene to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived.

One cold morning someone mistakenly filled the kerosene container he used with gasoline, and disaster struck.
The class and teacher arrived to find the schoolhouse engulfed in flames. Terrified on realizing that Glenn was inside, they rushed in and managed to drag 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 a 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. Glenn made up his mind that he would survive. And somehow, to the amazement of the physician, he did survive. Yet 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.His mother refused to let the doctors amputate.

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

Every day afterward his mother and father 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. Glenn 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, Glenn's iron persistence and his resolute determination, he did develop the ability first to stand up, then to walk haltingly with help, then to walk by himself – and then miraculously – to run.

Glenn began to run to school. He ran for the sheer joy of running and being able to run. He ran everywhere that he could. The people in his town would often see him run by on his way to who knows where and smile. Later in college Glenn made the track team where his tremendous determination paid off. He eventually received the nickname the "Kansas Flyer".

"The Kansas Flyer" set world records in the mile run (4:06.8) in 1934 and 800 meters (1:49.7) in 1936. He received the coveted Sullivan Award in 1933 as the country's top amateur athlete, finished fourth in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics at 1,500 meters and won the silver medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

In February 1934, in New York City's famed Madison Square Garden, this young man
who was not expected to survive,
who would surely never walk,
who could never hope to run,
ran the mile in 4 mins and 8 seconds, the world's fastest indoor mile!

In 1978, Cunningham was named the outstanding track performer in the 100-year history of Madison Square Garden. Inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, 1979.
After earning a master's degree from the University of Iowa and a doctorate from New York University, Cunningham retired from competition in 1940 and for four years was director of physical education at Cornell College in Iowa. He and his wife later opened the Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch in Kansas, where they helped to raise about 10,000 underprivileged children. Glenn Cunningham died of a heart attack at age 78.
This amazing story of the boy who was supposed to die shows the incredible power of determination. I deeply believe that we are all much more powerful than we might ever imagine. May we find ways to tap into and use this power for the good of all.
-by Burt Dubin.


IamthtIam said...

Good Morning Ilango and JN Family!

veer said...


Thanks for the excellent motivational fact.



Jagan said...

Namaste Ilango Sir And All.

saravanan k said...

Good Morning Ilango Sir & all BM(Blogmates)


parminder said...

Master ilango,
A truly inspiring and motivational story from a Teacher like you to awaken our sleeping minds to the Power within ourselves.
Keep guiding always.
Love and Regzrds

J.R.Julius said...

Good Morning Masters & Blog-mates, Have a Prosperous Day.

J.R.Julius said...
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J.R.Julius said...

From the Secret Scrolls

When you close your eyes and you visualize having money and imagine doing all the things you want with that money, you are creating a new reality. Your subconscious mind and the law of attraction do not know whether you are imagining something or whether it is real. And so when you imagine, the law of attraction receives those thoughts and images as though you were actually living them, and it must return those visions to you.

When you are in the place where what you are imagining feels real, you will know that it has penetrated your subconscious mind, and the law of attraction must deliver it.

durga said...

master,quite inspiring,unbeleivable saga..thank you.

ashokmehandiratta said...

A very motivational story. Mostly people get constrained by their own true vision and unwillingness to go through the process and efforts required to achieve it rather than any deficiency in talent, potential or capability.

Crorepathi said...

The three traits shown by you.
Duty (kadamai)- have seeing for 2.5 years , you have never missed a single day updating blog, which is next to impossible as even the universal mind has to help.
Dignity(Kanniaym)- I have seen how even the trouble makers are treated, and the way forum dignity is maintained.
Discipline(Katupadu) - JN alias Discipline
I am seeing Anna's philosophy at work and the wonderful result,great visionary he was...

durga said...

@JR JULIUS ji,small amendement to a nice advice.
one has to do that in meditation ,as the conscious mind rejects auto suggestions (as it knows it is not true.).the body should respond
as it responds in a the mind has to beleive it that is true. this needs a dreamy state(delta /theta IN EEG.(ELECTRO ENCEPHALOGRAM that records brain waves).one may need 3 wks of initial practice to begin with. bye.

Shradha Saburi said...

Good Morning Sir, and all the gems of JN
Nice post
Friends here Ilango Sir Comments in premarket view which I save everyday, during last week,
1)Monday PreMarket view.
Look for 5040-60 zone holding during this week for bulls to resume uptrend OR break down below 5040 or 4995 for bears to regain the downtrend.
For the day, one would concentrate on 5093-5103-5112 supports of recent lows/JNSAR/34Hr Sma and 5133 Day Pivot along with recent resistances of 5144-5170.
2)Tuesaday PreMarket view.
"5174-85" zone continues to be a major resistance point.
"5124-44", the minor resistance point-34Hr & 21Hr smas.
Below 5090-95, it would slide to 5040-50zone.
We consider it a "consolidation" in 5000-5200 and if it does not move out of this zone in this week,
3)Wednesday PreMarket view.
Nifty resisted @ 5124-5144(5134);
Retracement for 5195 to 5096 comes @ 5146-57 & 80% @ 5175.
If the 5195-5096 fall is "a" wave, then a retracing upmove is on.
And if the 5 down has completed the correction, a reversal is possible.
"5175" holds the key.
4)Thursday PreMarket view.
In sum, resistances is known @ 5174-85 & 5195 and
Supports @ 5113-29 where in lies J10SAR, JNSAR, Wk.Pivot, 5DEma .
A move above resistances would be Break-out and
a move below supports would be Break-down.
And nifty closed at 5149.Next day it is history
I think, It is enough for any trader to understand .Isn't it?
we are all much more powerful than we might ever imagine. May we find ways to tap into and use this power for the good of all.

J.R.Julius said...

@Durga Ji,
Alpha stage can be attained within 15 minutues
with modern mind control techniques. :)

And old method of suggestology is poor practice
now. NLP is a great and first science of human
excellence, there are lot of NLP techniques
is there.

15 years+ belief can be changed or cured in
just 15 mins! That's the beauty of NLP.

Nilesh Patil said...

Good Morning Master & Friends

shriram said...

Very inspirational!

@Nilesh: Ebhory-body eej appre-C-ating ur 5150 june expiry value ;-)

Dinesh Rishi said...

Good Morning Master and copy to All

Inspiring, Motivational amazing story

Thanks Master

venkatapathy l said...

@ Ilango Sir

Excellent narration. Inspiring; thought provoking and humbles the arrogance of medical Profession.
Splendid reward for the day.

Love and regards,


The_Unprejudiced_Observer said...
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venkatapathy l said...

@ SS

Very imaginative, thoughtful and useful work.



The_Unprejudiced_Observer said...

Amazing power of determination !! Medical men many times do not take this wonderful resource (Mind) into account and try to predict the future ( of the patient). Many times this is done as what "statistics" dictates, rather than taking individual's ( patient's ) strength into account. The history is replete with such stories yet doctor's find it "difficult to explain" and hence push the thought "under the carpet".
Truely inspiring, like the stories of Stephen Hawking, Lance Armstrong, Claude Monet, Helen Keller, Ludwig von Beethovan, Chrisopher Reeve, Franklyn D. Roosevelt to name a few who have achieved remarkable feats despite their disabilities.

Parimal said...

“All beings own their deeds, inherit their deeds, originate their deeds, are tied to their deeds: their deeds are their refuge. As their deeds are base or noble, so will be their lives”.
There are three types of deeds, physical, vocal and mental (thought projections). Vocal actions (Karma, deeds) are rooted in mental deeds— we speak out what we think. And our physical karmas are guided by our vocal actions. According to our physical actions, we tend to enjoy or suffer. This can be a simplistic approach. There can be complex issues here arguably.
However, on this premise we may like to accept our own thought patterns to be one of the potential causes of our happiness/suffering. Yoga has emphatically suggested systematic ‘process of visualization’ to modify the thought patterns on the desirable lines with a view to see the actions and their resultant consequences accordingly.

SANPOT said...

Really unbelievable Sir. Magic of the Will Power.
Thanks for the great post.

shriram said...

Dear Parimal,

v good pt! in our community there is a saying on the importance of mental deeds thus...

"choose ur thoughts, like u wud choose good clothes. No other ornaments are then necesssary, to look good, this is all there is to it!"


venkhat said...

thanks for sharing this encouraging article.


Excellent motivational for personality developemts.
Proverb: "Where there is a will,there is a way."
"Burning desire,die-hard efforts & madness to achieve the goal with persistent efforts of creative imaginations produces the ACHIEVEMENT."
Notea taken from personality development book.
Mostly "Power of positive thinking"

Dinesh Rishi said...

Alert Alert Alert

Today there will be 2 hrs power cut in India

From 3-5 PM






Rajni will charge his cell phone

praveen said...

The wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it...Thank you once again for showing the power of mind...Excellent..
Thanking you Master for guiding us in everything...
DR Master that is why we have uploaded our comments before 3pm.....

Nilesh Patil said...

@Cooldent sir, Kumar Sir and All Doctors,
Doctor’s prescription 4u.
A cute little smile 4breakfast.
More laughs 4lunch.
Lots of happiness 4dinner.
Wish You Happy Doctors Day.

Kumar Technicals said...

Dear ILango sir!

Trully motivational story, thanx for sharing.

Dear Nilesh!

Thanx for ur wishes, take care of you. Happy Doctors day to all other Doctors of JN:)

Hari_Hyderabad said...

Thanks for the nice article master

sudharsan said...

Dear Master....great inspiring story.thank you good night

sudharsan said...

Dear Master....great inspiring story.thank you good night

Jayaraman said...

To all Doctors of JN Family,

May all your days be as wonderful as you have made Billions of people of the Planet.

Happy Doctors Day

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