Like Og , many have experienced pivotal moments of surrender and have become abundant in spite of nearly insurmountable odds. One of these heroes is my dear friend, Chad Hymas , a stellar example of courage in action.
One day, while rushing to move a 2,000-pound bale of hay so he could get home to watch his son take his first step, Chad would have his pivotal moment of surrender. The hydraulics on his tractor failed and the one-ton bale came crashing down, crushing his spine. Badly broken, trapped in a body that would never be the same in mortality, Chad could have easily chosen to wallow in his disappointment and pain. It wasn ’t fair, but that didn ’t change the reality of his circumstances. Instead of being a victim, he made the conscious choice to become a victor!
Chad now travels 500,000 air miles a year, delivering on average 300 speeches, the majority of the time traveling alone – and he is quadriplegic. He flies so many miles the airline lets him park under the terminal with the pilots. And, yes, he drives his own custom van.
I vividly remember standing at the elevator in the airport saying goodbye after spending two days with Kevin Hall and him at a speaking engagement in Iowa. As the doors shut, I wanted to collapse to the floor. I was exhausted from witnessing him live life. It takes one and a half hours just to get dressed in the morning and that is just the beginning, yet, he is always positive, gracious and focused on others. Always! He has chosen to make his loss everyone else’s gain.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed or at all discouraged, I think about Chad. I know that he is somewhere in the world today inspiring people to take on their lives and make the very most with whatever circumstance they face. It reminds me to stop whining, stand up and be counted. As he always says privately and to his audiences, “I may not have legs, but I have wings.” And with his wings he lifts everyone he meets.