If you’ve ever thought that you didn’t have all it took to succeed in life, just read this unbelievable story of how one man tackled his disability. It should inspire you to take what God has given you and with His help make the best out of it.
JUST A TYPEWRITER
His name was Paul Smith, and he lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home ( Roseburg, OR ) for years. He was a man with extraordinary talent, born on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of life with spastic cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech and mobility but also taught himself to become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player even after being unable to participate in any formal education as a child.
To keep himself occupied, Paul started to experiment with a typewriter. He would use his left hand to steady his right one. And since he couldn’t press two keys simultaneously, he almost always locked the shift key down and created objects on paper using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, the forms were based on these characters ….. ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ +. For the next 70 years, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings.
This great man passed away on June 25, 2009, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many. You know that saying about “When life closes a door, God opens a window?” Well, I think God just helped this man build a whole new house.
Here are some of the typewriter pictures that Paul made. They are beautiful to look at and should make us marvel at what one person can do with so little.