Posted by: Diane | September 29, 2012

Making A Difference

This man doesn’t know the meaning of “impossible.”

Tom Willis was born without arms and it hasn’t stopped him from living a full life. In his words, “No hands, no arms, no problem.” Check him out at

I was watching the news recently and they showed a clip of Tom throwing out the ceremonial pitch  at the New York Mets City Field. The announcer said something like, “it’s a first pitch that no one at the ball park will ever forget.”  She went on to explain that Tom taught himself how to grip the ball with his toes and throw a distance of sixty feet, six inches – across the plate.

After the pitch, Tom was interviewed and he said, “It’s important for the people in the stands to see a person without arms go up and do something that they never imagined was possible.”

He’s right. Tom is a man who challenges, “normal.”

People attended that major league baseball game, expecting to see saw some great athletic prowess as the players did their thing but most likely, it was Tom Willis they remembered the next day.

Tom is a motivational speaker and so he should be -he inspires everyone who meet him. His story inspires me.  I am challenged to recognize and rise above the first world problems that I face. I am moved by his enthusiasm and optimism about life.  I can’t help but think about the ridicule and bullying that he experienced as he was growing up…yet he pressed on.

I know exactly what my blind friend would say about Tom Willis.

He’s not disabled. He’s just got no arms.”

Tom is a man who is making a difference in this world.

I want to put a ding in the universe.
Steve Jobs


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