Do I have a vision for my life, one that will cause people to say, “She was a remarkable person whose life and choices positively impacted the lives of many people.” Do you? We can learn much from Gary Young.
D. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, was born in poverty, in the northwest USA, and lived in a one-room log cabin. Although he graduated from high school, he was unable to read. He went on to become a farmer, rancher, and logger in southwest Canada.
At the age of 25, with a wife and 5 children, he was struck by tragedy as a tree he was felling landed on his head, crushing his skull and back in multiple places. He was in a coma for many weeks and, when the doctors had done all they knew to do, was told he would be paralyzed for life. He had use of only one arm and a quarter of his body.
Falling into despair and hopelessness, he tried to commit suicide three times and failed. In his anger, he lashed out at God. Over time, he realized that God was still with him and had given him the ability to dream. Every day he dreamed of walking again.
Believing that God had spared him for some reason, he began searching for his purpose. With the help of one of the nurses, he learned to read. He sought out alternative treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and herbs. Thirteen years after his accident, he was able to leave his wheelchair and walk.
Gary had every reason to give up, make excuses and settle for a mediocre life. No one would have faulted him, but he did not give up or give in.
So what is stopping me from reaching beyond my limitations and hardships? What is stopping you?