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February 7, 2010
July 21, 2013 11:28 AM
A life with handicap
This Video is very upsetting and give new forces. It's not important if you have a strong or a light handicap. Each handicap can become a blessing for other people and for your family.I've an handicap to. 6 month after I was born in France, I catch a meningitis and was at a close distance from death. After that, I had daily epilepsie attacks.'m now 55 old and have always them but I wanted live as all other people: I'm married, have 6 children. With my wife, we build a business in Germany where we can occupy young people who have health or psych. problems and can engage my own live for the people who're not strong enough... What do I want more... When G'd bless and help and you accept His help, then you have all what you need.Many blessing for allBruno HuetIf you like contact me, look in facebook
February 23, 2010 3:06 AM
Watching these films open up my eyes, though, making me realize how blind I am, as well as so many others. So many of us take our talents for granted, or don't even realize what potential lies within us. What's sad about this film is how some of us need such people in order for us to realize how special we are. Such people should make us all thank Hashem for ginving us all that we take for granted. If these people can do it, why can't we?
The next time I feel like saying "I can't" or "I'm not special", I will remember Patrick, and say "I can." Patrick and his father are my true heroes.
February 12, 2010 7:12 PM
...what a precious and blessed family. Indeed an incredible role model for all of us.
February 12, 2010 3:23 AM
All I can say is WOW!
February 11, 2010 9:27 PM
I am so impressed
Rabbi Cohen wrote me I should look at this video.
I looked three times. I am impressed and moved.
And I can only thank Hashem that He created somebode so
wonderful. I can not say: "In spite of", I have the feeling,
it is just perfect as it is. Baruch Hu!
February 11, 2010 7:36 PM
Patrick's father is the hero of the story. He does not view anything that he does as a sacrifice and that is why his son has turned out the way he is. What incredibly beautiful souls.
Thank you for sharing this aish.com!
February 11, 2010 6:30 PM
Harkens to the gifts that God gave him
A stirring emotional film that should make us find inner strength to search for the gifts God has given each of us.. The problem is how many of us really use the gifts or even recognize them with all the clutter of things in life to distract us. Patrick listens to God and is using his gifts no matter what his circumstances and has become a gift to us with his music and determination. Daddy's unconditional love to help him is such an example.. Thank you for sharing this article..
February 11, 2010 6:16 PM
just one word says it all.....
February 10, 2010 7:11 PM
After seeing this clip, my first thought was: what if his family did not own a piano? How would his talents have been discovered? But then I realized that that was part of the package designed for him and for the world who have benefited from his outlook as well as his music. The gift of happiness is worth more than many other gifts, even physical well-being. Thanks for introducing us to Patrick and his father.
February 10, 2010 1:59 PM
Surge of Inspiration
Thank you for the much needed surge of inspiration. If only we could all appreciate the strengths, talents and gifts that Hashem has given us, as strongly and clearly as Patrick. May this serve as a tool to help others realise what they have and help them to have the dedication and motivation needed to reach their highest potential.
May Hashem continue to bless Patrick and his loving parents with health and happiness.
February 9, 2010 6:56 PM
Thank you Aish.com for sharing this inspiring story. A truly beautiful example of focusing on what you do have than what you don't and making the most of it.
February 9, 2010 6:42 PM
As TWO of my friends with whom I shared this with, who both commented to me separately, they didn't know who was really the hero of this story - Patrick or his father. One should watch this clip, or think of Patrick and his father, whenever one is down, frustrated or depressed about anything in his/her life. It's a real injection of inspiration to help set one's life priorities in order. I hope that aish.com will share all of these comments with the Hughes family.
February 9, 2010 5:41 AM
Bravo and beyond, to both parents and son!
Dr. Alex Pister,
February 8, 2010 11:33 PM
Now that's Happiness!
This young man embodies Happiness. Like Rabbi Pliskin says and Pirkei Avos teaches: Be an expert in appreciating what you have. Amazing!
February 8, 2010 4:56 PM
What an absolutely incredible inspiration. I love Patrick's opening line. He has no disability. He has abilities. If we would all see ourselves that way, we'd accomplish a whole lot in life. Just like Patrick is.
February 8, 2010 3:55 AM
What an incredibly beautiful story
This young man is so incredibly inspirational. His story moved me to tears. What a gracious and graceful person. His father too, deserves a standing ovation - at all times.
February 8, 2010 3:54 AM
All I can say at first was WOW!
Patrick and his father are the true epitome of a father-son relationship. Patrick's smile and love of life are simply humbling and inspiring. May they live a long and fulfilling life.
February 8, 2010 3:17 AM
thanks for sharing this beautiful story
Our challenges and complaints fade compared to Patrick and he is shining so brightly - we can too in overcoming our daily challenges, with G-d's help.
February 8, 2010 2:16 AM
An amazing story
May Hashem bless Patrick and his wonderful parents.
February 8, 2010 1:29 AM
What a beautiful, moving story of courage, love and perseverance. Patrick and his Dad and Mom are an example to all of us. May they continue to succeed in all their endeavors.
February 7, 2010 8:38 PM
Patrick and life
God gave Patrick the best gift through the presence of his parents. His father is a role model for all of those who may be fortunate in modelling Patrick´s potential development.
God bless him and his family with grace, love and happiness!
February 7, 2010 4:33 PM
Courage mom and dad
February 7, 2010 3:58 PM
Wow!! One must really never ever takes things for granted!!!!! Patrick can easily jsut give up -- not care aobut anything. he has so many challenges yet he does not let those faults get in his way. he has such a pure neshama and is truly someone to learn from. And his parents are so strong and are also speple to learn from.
February 7, 2010 3:28 PM
patrick is a beautiful soul with so much to teach and give and thus enrich our world.he is truly blessed :)
February 7, 2010 3:16 PM
An inspiration beyond inspiration!
Our 40 yr old eloquent son had a severe stroke one year ago.
He has Patrick's determination - we can only hope that he will learn to speak and write well again.
What a father and mother!
February 7, 2010 11:22 AM
how amazing and humbling
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