“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.”
– Alan Cohen
If you don’t follow motor sports, or watch Dancing With The Stars, you may not have heard of James Hinchcliffe. James is a Canadian race car driver currently competing in the IndyCar Series. He is also the self-proclaimed mayor of Hinchtown – a fictional town on social media. If you’re not already a fan, you will be after you read this post.
I’ve written about a lot of people who have accomplished amazing things, and overcome huge obstacles, James is no exception. His story is one of the most inspiring and miraculous that I’ve ever heard – not only because he recovered from a near fatal racing accident where part of the car’s suspension was lodged into his body in a way that doctors say the survival rate from such an injury is zero; not only because he did recover, and in record time; not only because just 18 months after having to learn how to walk again he’s dancing on a competitive program that’s hard for even the professional dancers, but mostly because he’s living proof of how gratitude can perform miracles in your life.
His spirit of gratitude and ability to see the good in this horrific accident brought me to tears as I heard him reflect on his most memorable and devastating experience last night. This is what he said about it:
If I had to go back and suffer through whatever I had to suffer through, if I got to come out the man I am today, that accident is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
– James Hinchcliffe
And the man he is today is pretty awesome. Take a look at this video of James’ story from last night’s Dancing With The Stars episode:
James’ positive attitude throughout his ordeal no doubt, made all the difference in his speedy and complete recovery. It’s evident that despite how bad things seemed, he kept it light, didn’t lose his sense of humor, and never even entertained a negative thought.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
– Thornton Wilder
The way he handled the whole experience is awe-inspiring. As I watched the show last night, I wondered if I would have had the same attitude in his situation, or would my limiting beliefs have made my focus on fear instead.
I’d like to think that my work clearing my limiting beliefs has helped me move past a lot of fears programs that I learned at a young age, but I have a sneaking suspicion that James may have received positive programming right from the beginning.
Did you happen to notice what his mom said to him right after the accident? She said “we’ll get you back into the car by the end of the year.” It’s pretty clear that he comes from a family of positive thinkers. Thanks mom and dad of Hinchtown for inspiring his young mind to believe that anything is possible, and encouraging him to be all he can be. It shows!
James, I know you’re already the Mayor of Hinchtown, but I’m crowning you the Mayor of Positude – the place where positivity and gratitude flourish.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!