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Hi, I’m Nick, Give Me A Hug…

Boy, this has been quite a week. There have been some real highs and some real lows.

I just came from the funeral of a dear lifelong friend who’s husband lost his battle with cancer last week. As you may know, I’m a cancer survivor and of course thankful for that. But, there is still no end in sight to finding a cure and we need to all do what we can to try and help find a cure for this horrible disease.

On a happier note my friend David Martschinske (amazing photographer) loaned me his “other camera”. His Canon 50D. She and I get along wonderfully (most of the time) and spent a few minutes around downtown Vancouver yesterday.

The absolute low of the week was the passing of Quinn Driscoll, a friend of my sons at Wy’East Middle School. Quinn’s death came as a surprise and shock that has ripped through that school and our community. The service for Quinn will be on Tuesday the 16th at 2PM. It will be held at Summit View Church.

You’re probably trying to figure out what the title of today’s post has to do with any of this? Well, let me tell you.

Nick Vujicic, what an inspiration!

Wednesday of this week I had the privilege to get to see Nick Vujicic speak to the kids at Liberty Middle School in Camas, WA. When I walked up to introduce myself, he said, “hi, I’m Nick, give me a hug”. Wow! How cool. Being a hugger myself, it struck me later in the week… Why don’t more people greet this way? You see, Nick has something very special about him.

Nick was born without limbs, and lacking any clear medical explanation for his condition, Nick has pursued life’s greatest purpose in order to impact the world.

Back to the question, why don’t more people greet this way? Why does it take someone not having any arms or legs to be okay with saying, “hi, give me a hug”. Imagine if more of us greeted each other like this. Imagine how much better this world could be? Nick was a real inspriation and treat to listen to. He pushed, challenged and hopefully caused the kids (and us adults too) to think about those around us. Think about how we treat people. Think about others instead of ourselves. Please set aside 30 minutes now (or very soon) to watch Nick. I promise, it will be worth your time! I’m so confident, I’ll offer you a full refund of your money if you aren’t inspired…

See, I told you you’d be inspired! Next time you see me, GIVE ME A HUG!

6 thoughts on “Hi, I’m Nick, Give Me A Hug…”

  1. Veronica says:

    You KNOW I always give you a hug!! You happen to give some of the best hugs ever! 😉 I'm sorry you have had such an up and down week. I guess without the downs we wouldn't know to appreciate the ups so much huh?

    Your blog is rockin' it out lately! I need to garner inspiration from it!

    I will watch the video later…I am too emotional today to watch. Keep up the good work Dale!

    1. DaleChumbley says:

      Thanks Veronica! I appreciate it. I've really enjoyed getting into actually writing here. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

      Definitely take the time to watch the video. He really is amazing.


  2. The First Carol says:

    I am BIG hugger, especially to anyone who lives alone. You find a lot of them at church, they usually call them widows — its so important to be touched, even if its just a pat on the back.

    1. DaleChumbley says:

      Sending (((HUGS))) to you as well. I'll get you another one when we meet up for coffee. Bridget & I were just saying we need to get that on the calendar!

      You are so correct, touch is so important and healing to people. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mike Rohrig says:

    Great video. I learned of Nick a few months ago and wished I could have made it on Wednesday.

    1. DaleChumbley says:

      What an impact he had on the middle schoolers that day. I hope some really took his words to heart.

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