One of my favorite pastimes on a Sunday evening after a fulfilling day at Unity by the Shore is to cuddle under a blanket on the couch as I watch some of my favorite shows. One of the television shows I enjoy is Little Big Shots hosted by Steve Harvey. This program showcases incredible children and teens with unique and extraordinary talent. On one such evening while watching this delightful program, I was moved to tears by a twelve-year old boy named Sparsh Shah who rolled onto the stage in a wheelchair. Sparsh was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, brittle bone disease, and is confined to a wheelchair, because the tiniest movement can result in a fracture or break to a bone. He was born with 30 broken bones, and since birth Sparsh has fractured over 130 bones. Although Shah is small in statue, his personality is larger than life. Shah was on Little Big Shots to perform several rap songs. During his interview with Steve Harvey before his performance, Harvey asked “With all of your challenges how do you have the energy to sing?”
Sparsh’s response was, “ I don’t focus on my fractures. I am here to inspire the world.” With that the tears started rolling down my face as he began singing with such passion and power.
Why is it that some people, habitual complainers, could have their days ruined because of the weather, traffic, bills, and other people, while others with such physical challenges can powerfully inspire and uplift others? The answer is consciousness. Consciousness is what one participates and/or holds in thought, belief, emotion, and action. Our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, shape our attitude and impact the actions we do or do not take. In the words of Emmet Fox, “What you focus upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your life. Whether the subject of your thought be good or bad, the law works and the condition grows.” Consciousness not only affects each of us personally, but everyone else around us.
Despite the pain and physical limitations that Sparsh experiences on a daily basis his consciousness is focused on, “I am here to inspire the world.” This belief has impacted his life and touched the lives of others in many ways. Sparsh has released a tribute CD of one of his favorite rap artists Eminem, has song the National Anthem for many professional sporting events, has performed at numerous concerts with various rap artists, and has performed at the Grammys. As he focuses on being a giver of life through his music and zealous attitude, he not only brings good into his life, but he also influences others to be a giver of their greatness.
How would your day be shaped if you awoke each morning with the belief, “I am here to inspire the world”? How would that influence the choices you make big and small as you move through your day? Each one of us is Divinely Powerful with unique gifts. As you make the choose to be a giver of love, joy, kindness, generosity, creativity, passion, zeal, and encouragement you too have the power to bring goodness into your life and bring light into the world.
With the dawn of each new day may you remember you are here to shine. May these beautiful words of Truth from Emmet Fox remind you of the Power of Love and your passion to be it: “There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer: no disease that love will not heal: no door that enough love will not open…It makes no difference how deep set the trouble: how hopeless the outlook: how muddled the tangle: how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world…”