Triumphing In Life In Spite Of Life's Challenges

We Bring To You Real Life Stories, Real People Who Had Faced Real Challenges In Life But Were Able to Overcome Such Challenges And In Spite Of Those Challenges Have gone on To Achieve Some Greatness which Today Leaves a Lesson For You and I To Learn from While Facing Our Individual Life's Challenges.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Old Dying Man Leaves Behind One Of The Best Poems Ever Composed.

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne .. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man.....
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within ... . . .
we will all, one day, be there, too!
The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched.
They must be felt by the heart.

Delords Austin
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, "I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living," and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals and that is why many still can't have those things they wished for in Life.

Now here's what You need To Know.
Your Goals must be SMART and that's The Only way it Can be Achievable.

1. S--Specific. For example, "I want to lose weight." This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to "I will lose 10 pounds in 50 days."

2. M--Must be Measurable. If You cannot measure it, you cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress. So when you are able to know how far you have gone in trying to achieve your goal you will definitely know whats left to be done to get it realized.

3. A--Must be Achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.

4. R--Realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic. So Your Goals should not just be Wishful thoughts but something you know is Attainable.

5. T--Time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date. This will get you more serious in the quest to Achieving that goal. So set a Time limit for your goals so as to be in pace with its realization.

So If you've been Wishing, I guess its time to Turn Those wishes to Goals and if You are going to Achieve them, then You've got to MAKE YOUR GOALS SMART.

Thanks for Reading Today.
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Delords Austin.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Over a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had probably reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, "Dynamite King Dies." And also "He was the merchant of death." This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words "merchant of death," he asked himself a question, "Is this how I am going to be remembered?" He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

The obituary stated Le marchand de la mort est mort ("The merchant of death is dead") and went on to say, "Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday." Alfred was disappointed with what he read and concerned with how he would be remembered. On 27 November 1895, at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Nobel signed his last will and testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes, to be awarded annually without distinction of nationality. After taxes and bequests to individuals, Nobel's will gave 31,225,000 Swedish kronor (equivalent to about 1.8 billion kronor or 250 million US dollars in 2008) to fund the prizes.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel  (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 350 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. He used his fortune to posthumously institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. His name also survives in modern-day companies such as Dynamit Nobel and Akzo Nobel, which are descendents of the companies Nobel himself established.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same. So that we can leave a Lasting legacy for others to take along while journeying through Life.

What is your legacy?
How would you like to be remembered?
Will you be spoken well of?
Will you be remembered with love and respect?
Will you be missed?

It All depends on the Actions You are Taking. You Can Rewrite your History and Leave a Pleasurable memory for all to keep while you are gone into Eternity.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In Spite Of Deformity Aleijadinho Decorated Some Of The Best Scultures For Churches In Brazil

Aleijadinho, António Francisco Lisboa

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Don't Give Up, The Storm Will Be Over...


A Lady was driving along with her father.
They came upon a storm and the young lady
asked her father, "What shall I do?"
He said "keep driving"....Cars began to pull over
to the side, the storm was getting worse.

"What should I do". The young lady asked?
"Keep driving", her father replied. On up a few feet
she noticed that eighteen wheelers were also
pulling over. She told her dad, "I must pull over,
I can barely see ahead.
It is terrible & everyone is pulling over!

Her father told her,
"Don't give up", just keep driving!"
Now the storm was terrible, but she NEVER stopped
driving & soon she could see a little more clearly.
After a couple of miles she was again
on dry land and the sun came out.

Her father said,
"Now you can pull over" and get out"
She said "But why now?" He said
"When you get out, look back at all the people
that gave up and are still in the storm,
because you NEVER gave up,

This is a testimony for anyone who is going
through "hard times" just because everyone else,
even the strongest gives up.
You don't have to.....
if you keep going, soon your storm will be over
and the sun will shine upon your face again.

But If You Give up because of the Raging Storm,
You Might Never get Over it and Many 
Precious years might be wasted while waiting 
for the Storm to be abated.

Its Time To Face Your Storms and Let It Know 
How Faith Stocked You are and Don't Give Up
Cause The Storm will be Over and that Pretty Soon...

Life's Storms are Inevitable and are expedient
If we Must have a Story to tell,

Little Wonder why the Word Story
comes just immediately after the word Storm.
and few words before storm you will see the word Stop.

If you stop because of the storm Ahead of you,
You will never have a story to tell or 
leave for your generation to share.

Its Time To Face The Storm Bravely and 
Never You Give Up Cause Your Storms will Soon Be Over.
Join Me Today And Lets Stroll in the Midst Of Our Storms.

Cause there is One who is bigger than the storm. 
And the psalmist reminds us that, 
“He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. 
He makes winds his messengers, 
flames of fire his servants.” (Psalm 104:3-4)
And He is Our Father and King
A Shelter in the Time Of Storm.

Hope this lifts you up like it lifted me.
GOD Bless.

Delords Austin.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What Is Your Motivation In Life In Spite Of Your Present Challenges Read This Story...


There was a young boy who used to go for regular practice but always played in the reserves and never made it to the soccer eleven of His school Team. While he was practicing, his father used to sit at the far end, waiting for him.

The matches had started and for four days, he didn't show up for practice or the quarter or semifinals. All of a sudden he showed up for the finals, went to the coach and said, "Coach, you have always kept me in the reserves and never let me play in the finals. But today, please let me play". The coach said, "Son, I'm sorry, I can't let you. There are better players than you and besides, it is the finals, the reputation of the school is at stake and I cannot take a chance".

The boy pleaded, "Coach, I promise I will not let you down. I beg of you, please let me play". The coach had never seen the boy plead like this before. He said, "OK, son, go, play. But remember, I am going against my better judgment and the reputation of the school is at stake. Don't let me down." The game started and the boy played like a house on fire. Every time he got the ball, he shot a goal. Needless to say, he was the best player and the star of the game. His team had a spectacular win.

When the game finished, the coach went up to him and said, "Son, how could I have been so wrong in my life. I have never seen you play like this before. What happened? How did you play so well?" The boy replied, "Coach, my father is watching me today." The coach turned around and looked at the place where the boy's father used to sit. There was no one there. He said, "Son, your father used to sit there when you came for practice, but I don't see anyone there today." The boy replied, "Coach, there is something I never told you. My father was blind. Just four days ago, he died. Today is the first day he is watching me from above."

In Spite Of the death of His father He wasn't too depressed to play for his team but was motivated to play and not just playing but being the best player and star of the game. He had been so depressed and weighed down while playing because although His father attended all His practices and games but never saw how he played but on this day He knew His Father being a Christian has gone to Heaven and now having a new celestial body with no deformity and that He is now watching Him from Above and that was His Motivation.

Different Things Really Motivates Different People but what is it that really motivates you or demotivates you? Don't let that sudden challenge and trial of Faith take away the confidence that lies in you or take away your Dreams and drive to Succeed. Get Over that Sudden Challenge and Move on cause Your Success comes next after that Sudden Challenge.

Get Motivated Today In Spite Of Your Present state and Take charge of Your Life's Goal.
God Bless.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

In Spite Of Polio Disease-caused Paralysis Wilma Rudolph Became The Fastest Woman On Earth.

Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely at 4.5 lbs., the 20th of 22 siblings to a poor family in Tennessee on., and caught infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) as a very young child. At age four, she had double pneumonia with scarlet fever, whooping cough, chickenpox, and measles, a deadly combination. She recovered, but wore a brace on her left leg and foot which had become twisted as a result. In 1952, 12-year-old Rudolph finally achieved her dream of shedding her handicap and becoming like other children. Her family drove her regularly from Clarksville, Tennessee, to Nashville, Tennessee for treatments to straighten her twisted leg, Her family learned to massage her and did that for years which also helped her get better. She also had to have a leg brace on for three years (6 to 9).

    The doctor said she would never put her foot on the earth. But her mother encouraged her; she told Wilma that with God-given ability, persistence and faith she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, "I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth." At the age of nine, against the advice of the doctors, she removed the brace and took the first step the doctors had said she never would. At the age of 13, she entered her first race and came way, way last. And then she entered her second, and third and fourth and came way, way last until a day came when she came in first. At the age of 15 she went to Tennessee State University where she met a coach by the name of Ed Temple. She told him, "I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth." Temple said, "With your spirit nobody can stop you and besides, I will help you."

   The day came when she was at the Olympics and at the Olympics you are matched with the best of the best. Wilma was matched against a woman named Jutta Heine who had never been beaten. The first event was the 100-meter race. Wilma beat Jutta Heine and won her first gold medal. The second event was the 200-meter race and Wilma beat Jutta a second time and won her second gold medal. The third event was the 400-meter relay and she was racing against Jutta one more time.

    In the relay, the fastest person always runs the last lap and they both anchored their teams. The first three people ran and changed the baton easily. When it came to Wilma's turn, she dropped the baton. But Wilma saw Jutta shoot up at the other end; she picked the baton, ran like a machine, beat Jutta a third time and won her third gold medal. It became history: That a paralytic woman became the fastest woman on this earth at the 1960 Olympics.  The powerful sprinter emerged from the 1960 Rome Olympics as "The Tornado," the fastest woman on earth. The Italians nicknamed her La Gazzella Negra ("The Black Gazelle"); to the French she was La Perle Noire ("The Black Pearl"). She is one of the most famous Tennessee State University Tigerbelles, the name of the TSU women's track and field program.

    In Spite Of Her early Polio caused paralysis and several other Life's Challenges Wilma was able to Triumph and became the best in the world using that part of her body that was disadvantaged. Rudolph - who won three gold medals in track events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and is rated as one of the best female athletes of this century.

    She retired from running when she was 22 years old, but she went on to coach women's track teams and encourage young people. Wilma thought God had a greater purpose for her than to win three gold medals. She started the Wilma Rudolph Foundation to help children learn about discipline and hard work.

    She died of brain cancer in 1994. Even though she is no longer alive, her influence still lives on in the lives of many young people who look up to her.

Whaaat a lesson to be learnt from Wilma. It teaches us that successful people do it in spite of, not in absence of, problems. When we hear or read stories of people who have turned adversity into opportunity, doesn't it motivate us? If we regularly read biographies and autobiographies of such people, won't we stay motivated?
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