Fascinating talk by Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space. 18 minutes and 21 seconds well worth your time.
There’s an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) — and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.
2 great quotes I enjoyed from this talk include:
- “The jaw-dropping gorgeousness of the turning orb like a self-propelled art gallery of fantastic, constantly changing beauty that is the world itself“. I love the beauty and awe in this sentence. Although I don’t believe Chris Hadfield is a man of faith, by drawing attention to the beauty of God’s magnificent creation, one cannot help but be in reverential awe of the Creator Himself.
- I love that he ends the talk first with a cover of Bowie which he has done before and got a lot of attention for, but he also ends simply with the words “Fear Not“. This is one of the most quoted words of God Himself throughout the Bible and it has been said that there are at least 365 times in the Holy Scriptures that God has said “fear not” in one form or another. I would like to add that we are not encouraged to “fear not” simply for the sake of it but the motivation is often given following such encouragement by God’s Words “…for I am with you.” That is ultimately the only reason we need not fear. Thanks for the reminder, Colonel Hadfield! 🙂
If you haven’t seen it, here’s Colonel Chris Hadfield covering Bowie in his “music video recorded on the ISS of a modified rendition of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie.The video has over 20 million views on YouTube.”
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If you want to hear about 2 absolutely amazing women from Oman, you really need to watch this video from the 2013 TED x Talk in Muscat. Sabah al Bahlani and Safiya (Sofi) al Bahlani are a mother-daughter team that speak for those without a voice and are changing minds in how people look at “disability”. Everyone is born for a reason, a purpose, a mission.” (Safiya al Bahlani) Amen!
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Wisdom, Humor and Insights Offered by Nick during His Talk:
- “Be passionate for today!”
- “You can have arms and legs and have a broken heart.”
- “The rain will fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (quoting from Matthew 7)
- “I am very blessed and have never been so thankful.”
- “Your greatest asset is “TODAY”!”
- “I can type 43 words/minute, 53 after coffee.”
- “My palms were sweaty…Just seeing if you’re awake!”
- “What are they going to do? handcuff me?”
- “My parents are my heroes today. I thank God for my parents who kept on planting the seeds of encouragement and love.”
- “I believe all human beings have value and a purpose in their lives.”
- “F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real”
- “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (quoting from Psalm 139)
- “You must be honest with yourself.”
- “Who are you? What is your goal?”
- “If you put your happiness in temporary things, your happiness will be temporary.”
- “You were created with a purpose.”
- “You don’t know what you can achieve until you try.”
- “The opposite of fear is courage.”
- “If I jumped off the table, I’d break my arms…or something, haha!”
- “How can a man with no arms or legs become the hands and feet of love?”
- “I was so nervous my knees were knocking.”
- “I picked up my hands free phone…Thank God they’re hands free.”
- “You don’t need hands to hold someone’s heart.”
- “Don’t just think “How will I get through this?” but, “What will I learn from it?””
- He called 53 schools before he finally got a chance to speak at a school.
- “If it’s not meant to be, there must be something better coming.”
- “Don’t just “survive”. “Thrive!””
- “If you’re faithful with a little, you’ll receive more.”
- “Is it worth it? If I could encourage only one person, it’s worth it.”
- “We must understand the value of being responsible for what you have.”
- “Your greatest asset is time. The greatest way to use it is in love.”
- “Who’s perfect? Nobody. Who needs grace? Everybody.”
- “Be thankful for even the trials in life.”
- “Love till it hurts. Forgive and learn to forgive yourself.”
- “Without my faith in God, I wouldn’t be here.”
- “If He doesn’t change my circumstance, He’ll change me.”
- “I have a pair of shoes in my closet…just in case He says “yes”. Don’t ask me what the size is.”
- Nick shared how reading and understanding John 9, the story of the man born blind whom Jesus healed, was a turn-around pivotal moment in his life. “…this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
- This was Nick’s 3rd time to the Middle East and the 1st time in Oman.
- “I am only a servant with a message of good news.”
- “I love you. Ha bibi, shookran!”
*Update Jan. 2012 – I noticed this well-written summary from another Omani blogger who also happened to hear Nick Vujicic speak – Lessons from Nick Vujicic. Click on it and check it out!
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