A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

There many things, people, and organizations that can bring out inspiration.  Sometimes an inspirational person can bring more attention to a cause or vice versa.  Sometimes a story can be inspirational.  A person that achieves success despite a disability, can inspire people to achieve.

 

Christy Brown was an author and painter.  He was born in Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland in 1932.  He had 22 siblings, and although his parents were encouraged to commit him to live in a hospital due to him having severe cerebral palsy, they insisted on bringing him home.

 

A social worker began to visit regularly and ended up bringing Christy books and painting materials.  Christy learned to write and draw himself with his left foot.  Although he had no formal schooling, he did attend St. Brendan’s School-Clinic during some times of his youth.  An author at the school, Robert Collis, helped Christy publish My Left Foot in 1954.

 

He began an affair with Beth Moore in 1965 after years of correspondence.  She helped him by encouraging his work.  He later broke off the affair and married Mary Carr in 1972.  He painted, wrote novels, wrote poetry, and wrote plays.  He died in 1981 and it was discovered that Mary Carr had abused him.  After he choked to death, evidence of abuse was found on his body.

 

His book Down All the Days was an international best-seller.  Other novels and three poetry collections had followed his masterpiece.  My Left Foot was made into an award-winning movie in 1989.  He did many amazing things despite living with severe cerebral palsy.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

 

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