Barry J. Palmer 2014-04-10 02:20:56
Dream It and Then Do It Erik Weihenmayer always has looked like the boy next door. He has an open face, a flop of hair and a ready smile. But a fire burned inside him: he didn’t move mountains but he did climb them. He’s scaled the tallest peak on the seven continents including the mighty Mount Everest. In fact, he was the first blind person to summit Everest. The cool thing about Erik is that he shares his gifts. He works with blind skiers, wounded veterans and abandoned children so that they, too, can leap over barriers and gain the self-esteem and confidence that comes with great or daring feats. In this issue we examine the remarkable lives of five people who are blind. Their disability does not define them. What does define them is their courage, persistence and capabilities. And their ability to follow their dreams. This year I have urged Lions to Follow Your Dream. We can do so much more than we realize. We can serve much more remarkably and wonderfully than we do. I’ve seen it myself in my travels. On an incredible scale and in creative ways, Lions are enabling the blind, feeding the hungry and attending to victims of disasters. Anne and I have been given a great gift this year: we’ve seen with our own eyes the scope and reach of Lions. I know that nearly every Lion serves admirably, giving of his or her time and talents. I appreciate and respect all you do. But perhaps you are climbing a hill and you can actually scale a mountain or two. Go for the summit! Follow Your Dream into the clouds and beyond where the sun shines with goodness and light and Lions are turning around lives forever.
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