Meet the Supermen and Superwomen who have one motto ‘Yes, I can’
Triumph of the human spirit is the ability to rise above our problems and not only survive, but thrive in the face of adversity.
Each and every one of use has the ability to do this once we move our ego out of the way. The triumph of the human spirit includes utilizing our great inner strength of the soul: faith, optimism, creativity, humor, patience and persistence.
The body has an incredible ability to adapt with the power of mind. No school can teach you to turn your disability into ability. It’s really about how the body adapts to the diversity. It’s about having the spirit and the will not only to survive but to overcome a handicap and win.
Christopher Reeve the Superman from the movies ,a paraplegic after a horse-riding accident said, ‘A hero is an ordinary person who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles ‘– Christopher Reeve.
There has been another kind of triumph of the human spirit which people don’t talk about but which enriches the human tapestry and shows ordinary people showing extraordinary strength and endurance to withstand torture and persecution by heartless dictators. There are so many heart wrenching stories of holocaust survivors. Even today, in China there is a relentless persecution of Falun Gong practitioners who put up a peaceful resistance with their extraordinary faith. Even when they are targeted for their organs and picked up for slaughter they show an incredible quiet fortitude which the perpetrators find unsettling and often boomerangs on them!
Yes I Can – Paralympics 2016 from Alice Tonge on Vimeo.