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Thursday, January 10, 2008


3 min. video starring Jason McElway


I hope this inspires you like it did me!

All Things Possible,



  • At 8:21 PM, January 10, 2008 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Very inspiring - it also makes me think that maybe Jason should have been on the team a little sooner!


  • At 12:22 PM, January 11, 2008 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    I couldn't agree more!

    I am told this video has been around for a while on the internet but I still think it is powerful and inspiring.

    Let me know if any of you have trouble watching the video. This is the first time I have posted video to the blog (very exciting!)

    All Things Possible!

  • At 7:13 PM, January 11, 2008 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    It worked fine for me - and I'm glad I was here to witness this milestone in your blog.

  • At 4:39 AM, January 12, 2008 , Blogger ufuk_kirtis said...

    Chris..thank you for the video.. reminded me again that always give it a shut no matter how impossible it looks from outside both for yourself or others.. you never know..:)

    video worked perfectly..



  • At 4:28 PM, January 12, 2008 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Nice to hear from you all, dear Chris, Ufuk and Dave. I totally agree with you; this video, which worked perfectly for me as well, is wonderful and very inspiring!
    Thanks for posting this gift on your blog, Chris!
    Jason McElway is another amazing hero who shows what means living the life, truly in a All Things Possible way!

    Much Love to all!

  • At 2:40 AM, January 13, 2008 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi everyone and happy Sunday to you all,

    thanks Chris, for sharing this video. It didn't work for me from this link, which may have to do with my computer settings, but I found it easily enough with google.

    It's truly an inspiring story and other than ATP also proves the old proverb that you really do grow with your responsibilities. It makes you wonder how much else unused potential is out there that could really make a difference.

    Wishing you all a great Sunday and an ATP new week.

    Big hugs & Stay Positive!


  • At 9:26 AM, January 13, 2008 , Blogger Susan said...

    Hi to Chris and forum family...

    Hoping all is well with you as you begin ATP great 2008!

    My computer is still in the dark ages when it comes to video clips, but being very patient, I was able to view it a few seconds at a time. So got the idea. Yes, very inspiring. Last summer I wrote an article about a special education dance class. I visited the class and had fun taking photos of the kids. They were so inspiring, it made any troubles I might have had seem very distant. Apparently such a class is rare. But I will never forget those kids and the joy they experienced in that class, and the teacher's joy as well in providing it.

    Dave, did you see my Shakespeare quote for you last post? Wondering what's on your docket for this year? Ufuk, great sentiment about ATP. Alex, I agree, the beauty of truly living in the moment. Ute, thanks for the hugs and always positive, caring thoughts for us.

    Fun note about movies... My husband took the movies we rented back (Die Hard 4 for him and Waitress for me! -- which was a fun movie. Loved it) and brought home Borne Ultimatum. Chatting with the clerk, he said, "Well, now I can take this off my Netflix list." And the clerk laughed, "That's what I do to!" I said, "You mean someone who works at a video store has Netflix too?" Now that shows the power of movies in our lives! All Things Beautiful for the week ahead everyone...Sue

  • At 3:37 AM, January 14, 2008 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hi and a belated Happy New Year to all my dear Forum Family - may this year be inspirational and ATP for all of us and those we hold dear.

    Thanks Chris for that inspiring and motivational ATP clip.

    Watched it just now during a tea break from writing my latest assignment essay (due in last week) but due myself and various family members being ill over the past month, (though we're all well again now) - I'm running a little late.

    And as ever when I'm flagging I come here to find inspiration and this time was able to cry tears of joy as Jason is a true inspiration to everyone. As Dave said he should have been part of the team sooner. Being Autistic doesn't mean he lacks ability, and as the clip showed he had a rare talent.

    Thank you Chris. Later in the year I will be doing a course module on inclusion for people with special needs and this motivational story would be an excellent thing to share with course members. Any chance you could e-mail me the link to the clip Chris?

    With lots of love, hugs and Bright Blessings everyone


  • At 7:05 PM, January 14, 2008 , Anonymous matt from down-under said...!

    There's alot to be said from all those who still go along with the set expectations and regulations applied by those who see a figure such as Jason and automatically title them as "disabled" meanign their no "able" to accomplish such fates! That small video really puts it out there that there's no such thing as "disabled" and that when given a shot, they may take a few moments to find their feet but it doesnt take long for them to sore! That many consequtive baskets from such an unexpected character is mind blowing yet at the same time, should infact be believed when heard. Where in this day-n-age where we are so quick to jump to assumptions when judging a figure such as Jason and their abilities and primarily focus on their "dissabilities". There's no given chances for them to be who they can be, rather forced to live as who they can't. That video just proves what isnt said or given the chance to be shown. Jason really is an amazing kid, and that coach should also be recognised along with Jason's parents. They failed to focus on what cant be done, and focused on what could! Its a beautiful thing in all honesty and i really hope that small yet so immense sign of possibility can help correct these in-correctly applied stereotypes and just give them all a shot! I'm certain that a kind of success like Jason's would happen with everyone!

    Happy New Years to everyone out there who does blog and anyone who is passing by. New Years resolution...GO FOR IT! Cut the mentally percieved ties and limitations and just GO!

    Matt from down-under

  • At 8:16 PM, January 14, 2008 , Blogger Susan said...

    Angi, saw your post today and sending "bright blessings" back to you! Glad to know all is well now in your family. Your comment about those with special needs made me think of another blessing I had last year. Besides the beautiful dance class I mentioned, I had the experience of watching the influence of a revered member of our community and his inspirational effect on members of a mental health clubhouse as they launched their annual "May is Mental Health Month" with a month-long-walkathon to raise money for the clubhouse. They asked 88-year-old Clayton Klein (who walks every day and completed his third annual 440 mile walk the length of Michigan last Sept) to kick off their month. He gave a talk to them about the benefits of walking. They were so inspired by this man and what he can do at his age, that they felt if he could do it, then they could too. My husband and I were there and it also brought tears to my eyes as we walked with a woman who was determined to try the walk that day. She had a very hard time, but because of Clayton's inspiration, she saw the potential in herself to start the clubhouse walking program. While she could only walk half the distance as the others, and had to turn back, as we walked back with her, my heart was warmed by her determination to keep on with the program. And I witnessed another example of how our positive, encouraging actions can inspire others to be greater than they thought they could be. Whenever I'm feeling down, I think of these little miracles in my life...these examples of all things possible. It's fun to keep track of them. You are right. The forum is a great place to share these insights...

    Matt...I had just finished trying to write this in as short a space as possible...and then saw your post. So great to hear from down under again! Speaking of insights, you are so right with what you say here. Hope all is going great for your 2008...and to all the forum family...may it be all things beautiful and possible and may truly amazing things come to you...and also be inspired by you! Sue

  • At 7:35 PM, January 17, 2008 , Blogger Susan said...

    Sue again here...just wanted to say we did finally see Kiterunner and loved it, especially after reading the book. Recommend it, not only for the cutural and political aspects, but for the study in relationships of friends...and the kiteflying, too...beautiful. Happy weekend all....Sue

  • At 3:40 PM, January 19, 2008 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hi all!

    Thanks so much for your comments. I'm glad you all were able to see it (thanks Ute for going the extra mile!)

    What a great point Ufuk, how we get daunted by how things look and most of us get scared away by that. However if we, like Jason, just press agains those preconcieved limitations, it is amazing what is possible. Like Ute pointed out, it is amazing how much UNUSED POTENTIAL we all have - waiting to be discovered!

    I agree with you Alex, Jason has become one of my ATP Heroes as well.

    Angi, good luck with your upcoming class!! Here is the link to Jason's video on YouTube: I'd be happy to send you the file as well - just email me through this site and I'll reply with it.

    Hey Matt!! I agree with Sue and everyone else I'm sure when she said how great it was to see your insight on the blog again!

    Thanks for the tip on Kiterunner, Sue. I have seen a ton of movies this year but still have to see that one and a few others before the Oscars.

    SO EVERYONE - If you come across a video (or story) that you think is particularly inspiring, email it to me so we can all experience it here in the forum.

    ALSO - Reminder: if any of you have anything creative as of late to post on the Contribution page, email it over!


    All Things Possible!

  • At 9:57 AM, January 21, 2008 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Ha! I don't stop by for a while and look at all the activity. I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments and am sorry I can't think of anything more to contribute than what has already been said.


  • At 9:00 PM, January 21, 2008 , Blogger Susan said...

    Quick visit too...yes, Dave, forum lighting up these January days. Chris, hope you enjoy "Kiterunner" ... we saw "3:10 to Yuma" today at last, and yes, Christian Bale does "break your heart."

  • At 9:38 AM, January 22, 2008 , Blogger Susan said...

    Post Script...Oscars? Sue


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