Richard Allen (b. 1963) is the drummer for the English hard rock band DefLeppard. Since an early age he showed great interest in playing drums. At the age of fifteen he joined the band DefLeppard, which was in search of a drummer. However, in 1984 at the age of twenty-one Allen met with a very fatal car accident. The result was that his left arm was seriously injured and had to be amputated.
Without the left arm, Allen could not play drums normally as before. But, he did not give up. When he was in hospital, he realized he could still play some of the drum parts with his feet. Thus, Allen started learning to play on a customized drum kit. With a lot of practice, 20 months after the accident, in August of 1986, he was able to perform again as before. Finally, he emerged as an internationally-renowned drummer.
How did this miracle happen? This can be understood by a study of the human personality. The human personality contains some organs, but the inner personality is only one, which is generally called the soul. If a person’s hand or leg is cut off, still his inner energy remains intact – it does not get diminished. This the reason why when Rick Allen’s one hand got cut off, the energy was diverted to the second hand. So, he could do with one hand what he did earlier with both hands. Therefore, the miracle was not the miracle of a person – it was the miracle of human nature, which is common to all, to every man and woman.
If you lose an organ because of an accident, donot become frustrated. The accident means that you have lost an organ, but at the same time your inner energy is still intact. Activate your inner energy, and very soon you will achieve everything in spite of having lost a part of your body.