I was inspired by one man’s story as I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition last night.  Did you see it?  The Terpenning Family was featured.  Not sure of all the little details, but big brush stroke…….the father was born with Polio in the early 70‘s in Vietnam during the war (half American/half Vietnamese).   He was adopted by an American family and has been in a wheelchair his whole life.  He’s married and a father of 4.  He’s a wheelchair sports champion and mentor to disabled Iraq War veterans…… AMAZING soul this many has!

Anyway, it got me thinking about the limits we put on ourselves, our dreams, our passions, and ALSO the limits we allow others to put on us when it comes to living our passion or working towards fulfilling our dreams.

This man could’ve become a victim, blamed others, believed what others in the world had told him ~ that he wouldn’t ever accomplish much because he was never going to be able to get out of his wheel chair, clearly he was limited.  But there was NO LIMIT to what he could accomplish – he’s a fighter, he had a vision to earn a gold metal in swimming and he did it!  HE set his bar high and didn’t let anyone get in his way or lower it.  He’s a mentor, he shares his story and his experiences to help others, he’s an AMAZING father who’s sending the message to his kids to literally “be all you can be”  – in his mind, there is NO LIMIT to what you can accomplish in this life.  I love it!!

I know that limitations need to be set in many areas of our lives.  In our relationships, setting boundaries or limits for ourselves and others to maintain healthy relationships is huge.  A couple of other quick examples are…… 1) Cell phone usage – going over the limit can be VERY costly, I’ve learned that one the hard way, OUCH!!  2) Watching TV and/or playing video games can at times be an issue IF limits are not set for kids AND adults.  3) Alcohol/Caffeine intake  4) Spending money.  I could list many more areas where setting limits and boundaries are extremely important but I want to write about……….NO LIMITS!!

I often set limits in my mind when I dream about what I want to accomplish or be who I want to be.  I’ve been faced with people who I call “dream shooters” and have learned that I need to take what they say with a grain of salt, consider it, but don’t let it hold me back.  Are you surrounded by dream shooters?  Unfortunately, they often are our closest family members and best friends.

There’s an amazing song by Kutless titled What Faith Can Do.  I listen to it often…..if you haven’t heard, it check it out here on – I love the lyrics, here are a few I want to share when it comes to NO LIMITS………

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
.  Hope that doesn’t ever end even when the sky is falling.  
And I’ve seen miracles just happen.  Silent prayers get answered.  
Broken hearts become brand new
, that’s what faith can do

.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, impossible is not a word, it’s just a reason for someone not to try
.  Everybody’s scared to death
; when they decide to take that step
 out on the water, 
It’ll be alright.  
Life is so much more
 than what your eyes are seeing
, you will find your way if you keep believing……..

What are your dreams?  How CAN and WILL you make a difference if you were to raise the bar high and know that there is NO LIMIT to what you can do?  What can you do today, and the next day, and the following days after that to bring you steps closer to your goals and dreams?


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  1. Leah says:

    LOVE it.

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