“Every day I wake up and I get a chance. I always say that God blessed me this morning and I can do what I do. Our time in this world is very limited. It can be gone now or it can be gone later so I take advantage of every opportunity I have whether it’s playing football, working or whatever. I’m just a happy guy.” ~ Derrick Coleman
For the record, I am not a professional football fan.
I can count on one hand the number of games I’ve watched in the last 10 years. I don’t care for the game. So why will I be watching the the Superbowl this year?
I’ll be watching to witness a dream come true. I’ll be watching Derrick Coleman, the first deaf offensive player in the NFL’s history, play a game he’s dreamed about all his life.
Derrick is all heart, and he’s learned to listen to it
Mr. Coleman deserves to be where he is at in life. He has lived for his dream by persistently moving forward with faith.
Inevitably, to follow a dream one has to learn to tune out the naysayers – those who conform to social dogma and the status quo, those who live by habit, ritual, or tradition, and not by faith. Naysayers tend to want company to conform along side them. It’s only when we tune out disloyal distractions, that we are able to hear the whisperings of our own hearts, helping us feel what our unique contribution to the world should be.
Derrick’s story is the real thing
Derrick’s story is just another example of the innate power that flows from true stories. It’s ironic that we tend to surround ourselves and engulf our minds with the current fables of the day, threaded with partial truths rather than stories that showcase authentic human triumph.
Telling more stories like Derrick’s will change and inspire people to reach beyond their circumstance, yet many like to swim in the inundation of super hero fables about miraculous powers to which non of us mere mortals can relate.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy super hero tales as much as the next guy, but when forced to choose between a superhero with externally manifested power, versus a superhero with tenacity of soul, who overcomes by faith (action), the messy situations of life, I choose the real hero, the inner hero.
“Life is so designed that we are to “overcome by faith”, not by intellectual acuity or wealth or political prowess….our genes, circumstances, and environments matter very much, and they shape us significantly. Yet there remains an inner zone in which we are sovereign, unless we abdicate. In this zone lies the essence of our individuality.” ~ Neal A. Maxwell
Thanks for following your dream Derrick, and reminding the world all is possible unto those who move forward in faith.
I’m not the only one that thinks Derrick is a hero (watch video below).