We all have it in us to touch the lives of others . . .

Imagine, for a moment, you’re a farmer . . .

The planting, the ploughing and the picking. Your body. The machines. The days that are hot and the days that are not.

The bending down. The lifting up. The carrying around. The intense physical exertion. The mornings and the afternoons spent toiling in the fields.

Think about the obstacles. Think about the challenges. Jobs don’t get much more difficult . . .

Imagine, now, having no arms and no legs and still, somehow, rising to that challenge. Overcoming the obstacles. Refusing to be beaten. Showing that, with determination, with courage, with the right attitude, anything can be achieved. Sounds rather far-fetched, right?

Here at OM®, we had our doubts but Chris, the indefatigable farmer in question, has shown that our scepticism couldn’t have been more misplaced.

Born without arms or legs, Chris’ tale should serve as an inspiration to us all, underlining, as it does, that no matter the hand life has dealt us, our potential is unlimited. Most people, ourselves included, spend so long focusing on the things that we cannot do that we lose sight of that which is within our capabilities . . .

So Chris isn’t able to operate a chainsaw, but that doesn’t deter him. Far from it, in fact . . .

To borrow a phrase from Nick Vujicic, with whom Chris’ tale bears some obvious similarities, no arms, no legs, no worries.

‘Some people are ashamed of their freckles,’ Chris says. ‘Some people are ashamed of that spare tire around their waist. They’ve got big ears or a big nose or whatever. I think if you’re worried about how you look [or what you can’t do], you’re cheating yourself out of opportunities’.

Here at OM®, this struck quite a chord . . .

So much so that we’d like you to take five minutes or so to watch this short film. Listen to Chris. Think about his message. Think about his example. You can’t fail to be inspired.

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It’s remarkable stuff and there’s not a great deal more for us to add. In life, inspiration comes in all forms.

Not much is as persuasive as Chris . . .

Think about this, about the things YOU can do and the obstacles that can be overcome. The challenges that can be met. The achievements. The courage. The rewards.

Think about those around you and how your example might inspire them. We all have it in us to touch the lives of others. This is, perhaps, our greatest gift.

Here’s to Chris. Here’s to courage. Here’s to refusing to be beaten. Life is for living. You CAN do it.

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