Some days it's a regular everyday person that inspires me. I was reminded yesterday of one such person that I have known for about 10 years.
His name is David and I first met him at church a decade ago. What makes David unique? He's blind. So, you can imagine my surprise when one Sunday David stood up before the congregation and played the chello. His music filled the cathedral ceiling and danced round the pillars. No one moved or gave sound. It was beautiful and inspiring.
Eventually my family started going to a different church and I hadn't seen David for a few years, until I joined a local gym where David works behind the hospitality desk!
The regulars knew him by name and he greeted them by name along with an infectious smile. He used the braille numbers to hand out and receive locker keys and he followed the sound of the person's voice in order to know what direction to present a key or towel.
Year after year I've seen David at the gym. Greeting, smiling, not letting his blindness prevent him from living a productive and "normal" life. If He can work around a rather major obstacle in his life, why can't I work through mine?
Yesterday there was a big sign and a bouquet of balloons congratulating David for his 13th year anniversary for working at the gym.
When his shift was done, I watched him walk through the cardio room with out any help but his cane, and he worked out on a tread mill.
So here's to David, one of the every day people that inspires me. A guy who proves that "good vision and perspective" isn't just about eyesight.