The Gratitude Attitude of Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes was born with no eyes, and a tightening of the joints which left him crippled for life. However, as a child, he was fitted with artificial eyes and placed in a wheelchair. Before his first birthday, he discovered the piano. His mom said, "I could hit any note on the piano, and within one or two tries, he'd get it." By his second birthday, he was playing requests (You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). His father was ecstatic. "We might not play baseball, but we can play music together."

Today, Patrick is a junior at the University of Louisville. His father attends classes with him and he's made nearly all A's, with the exception of 3 B's He's also a part of the 214 member marching band. You read it right...the marching band! He's a blind, wheelchair-bound trumpet player; and he and his father do it together. They attend all the band practices and the half-time performance in front of thousands. His father rolls and rotates his son around the field to the cheers of Patrick's fans. In order to attend Patrick's classes and every band practice, his father works the graveyard shift at UPS. Patrick said..."My dad's my hero."

The video above gives you a glimpse into the life of this young man, and his amazing musical talent. What is even more amazing is his attitude toward life. He doesn't see himself as being constrained in blessing or being blessed-- in fact, he sees himself as being appointed to share his wonderfully uplifting gift, and to meet throngs of admiring people who will go away from his performances to meditate upon their own particular giftedness.

Take your ability to recognize the many gifts and blessings in your life and fill every day with your gratitude. You will be transformed. This world will be changed.

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"


Wenny said...

Cynthia, it never fails to show what a parent will do for his or her child. I'm very touched by Patrick's words too, it's so inspiring. I'm going to link my next post to this entry, if you do not mind.

Cynthia said...

Dear Wenny,
Link away! I am very inspired by Patrick as well. There are so many ways to serve in our giftedness that there should never be a dull and miserable day in our lives (moments, perhaps, but not full days). And I am so blessed by loving, visionary parents-- those I meet or read about.