This video touched my heart.
Before you go and watch the clip, I thought I share with you a little background about the girl:
Alissa Sizemore has been dancing for half her young life — since she took her first ballet class when she was 4 years old.
So when she lost her right foot in an accident last year, she said, “It changed my life in a big way, I felt like I lost half of me.”
But dance helped her regain her balance. She began dancing again.
Alissa was playing outside with friends on May 6, 2014, when she ran into the path of a delivery truck coming to a halt. The vehicle stopped on top of Alissa’s right foot. Unable to save the foot, doctors amputated her leg several inches below the knee.
“This has changed my life, but it hasn’t changed me,” she said about the accident.
As I watched the video, I wondered:
How do we teach one’s heart to keep going, despite life’s difficulties, suffering and unexpected disasters?
It is easier to simply say ‘Trust in God and believe that everything has its purpose’, than living it day by day, with a genuine drive and thankfulness for everything that God has given to us, despite life’s challenges.
It takes a whole long journey to ‘get up and keep going, and trust that God has beautiful plans beyond what we could understand right now.’
To me personally, this video is not just about inspiring oneself to ‘get up and not give up’.
It’s not just about, ‘Oh, this 8yo girl lost a leg, and yet she overcomes challenges, so why can’t I be strong too?’
Yes, of course that’s all good, but again, it’s about me, me and me, isn’t it?
As I watched the clip, I saw the kind of warm support and love from the family and community that surround this little girl.
And I feel, THAT is what we need too.
Because, THAT is probably what’s missing in our society right now as well, ie. A strong and loving community that supports and encourages others in need.
Let us be THAT community for others.
Let us create a warm and supportive family, too.
Food for thought.