Tuber of the Week #41: Soul Surfer

Does the term "tenacity" need any better illustration than the positive attitude displayed in the following video about a child from the New York City area (Kendall Curnuck) battling a potentially terminal illness?

I don't think so.

Just seeing her strength and then watching her dream of Hawaii while practicing surfing in her front lawn certainly diminishes anything that I consider a problem in my own life.




I am just glad that sports star and woman of faith Bethany Hamilton refuses to follow Charles Barkley's proclamation from years ago--that of "I am not a role model."

25 comments:

Ally Lifewithally said...

What a wonderful uplifting entry ~ Ally x

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I'm supposed to go see Soul Surfer at a local church next month... looking forward to it!

The Blonde Duck said...

Did you see the movie?

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. There are no words.

Diane said...

She is awesome! :O)

CL Beck, author said...

Fabulous, uplifting entry today! Thanks so much for posting the video ... those are two very courageous young people. I can't imagine being in either one's shoes and handling it as well.

(Florida) Girl said...

How inspiring.

Beth Zimmerman said...

How can anyone not smile (BIG) when watching that! Kendall's scream brought tears to my eyes and then when she not only went in the ocean but stood up on the surfboard and surfed ... wow! Thanks for sharing this SD! Beautiful story!

Anonymous said...

Bethany proves all things are possible with God and she finds and shows others the joy in the bad experience. A real example of God's love.

I loved her movie.

Selma said...

So inspiring. I am overwhelmed and humbled.

Reggie said...

Wow, Slamdunk.... tears in my eyes... lump in my throat... that was sooo inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Brian Miller said...

really want to see this movie...and a cool story of the other girl who i imagine will inspire many others as well...

secret agent woman said...

Since the public pays entertainers (and I include highly-paid professional athletes in that category) to be role models, I think they have an obligation to be role models.

Lisa said...

Oh thanks. Now I have to go reapply my eye makeup. Amazing story.

SuziCate said...

Yes, made me cry. What a beautiful and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Now, I know I need to see the movie.

KittyCat said...

That is so cool. I haven't seen the movie. But
just amazing .
Great post.

Gifts By Katherine said...

one word typed through tears...Wonderful

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I just Googled this at work because it sounds like the kind of story I love and my eyes are welling up right now at work. Of course I always knew I liked Bethany Hamilton (who doesn't love -forgive my 90's phrase- "girl power!" to that degree?!?!) but this is so sweet and touching that she not only did this for this little girl but from all reports, she was genuine in her approach. I'm so touched by the human spirit sometimes especially after I read a story a couple days ago about a Black man brutally killed at random by some racist, drunk teens. Ugh, I need these types of stories to life me up.

Sottmp said...

What a inspiring story....from both of them. Thanks for sharing.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Thre is a profound sense of dignity that surrounds people such as this girl.
And yes, tenacity as well.

One can argue as to the "WHYS" surrounding such a nrief stint some kids receive in life, but perhaps it's not for the REST of us to understand...just to admire them, praise them, and appreciate OUR lives and not waste one minute of them.

It's been often said that "the candle that burns the BRIGHTEST burns the FASTEST" (before it burns out)

We can learn MUCH from such children in our midst.

Great post.

Stay safe.

Rachel said...

Thanks for this ... beautiful to see the support one human can bring another by focusing on a higher purpose than self.

Rachel

AB HOME Interiors said...

This is such an inspiration!

xo,
amanda

Jenny said...

This certainly puts things into perspective, doesn't it? Wow.

Anastasia said...

This had me in tears. Half sad and terrified, half happy for amazing fighters and role models.

mrs. fuzz said...

Love it. What a great post. I should watch this video and others like it first thing in the morning when I Wake up. I still need to see the movie! I hear it's great.