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How Big Is Your Dream?

When Art Berg was about 21 years old, he and a friend drove from San Jose to Salt Lake City just before Christmas. He was eager to reunite with his family, but even more excited about his upcoming marriage.

During the journey, though, a tragic incident changed his life forever. Just outside of Las Vegas, while Art slept in the passenger seat, his buddy fell asleep behind the wheel and the car left the road, ejecting Art through the windshield. When he regained consciousness, Art found out he was paralyzed from the neck down.

About 10 years later, I had the privilege of hearing Art address a group of hospital employees at a service awards banquet. Since his accident, he had gotten married, had two children, formed his own company, written a book, traveled around the world for speaking engagements, become a world class wheelchair athlete, water-skied, owned his own boat and enjoyed scuba diving with his brothers.

“Most people can do about 10,000 things,” Art speculated. “Because of my injury, I can only do about 6,500. So far though I’m only up to about 3,000.”

The title of Art’s book is The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer.

Truth is what you choose to believe. This is the philosophy that directs my life. If you believe you are a victim of your circumstances, unable to grow, to change or achieve, chances are you won’t. But if you choose to dream big, to believe that you can achieve incredible things, then indeed you likely will. Human beings are very dependable prophets when it comes to their own destiny.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

March 30, 2006