Over 30,000 Hugs Served

Theodore Roosevelt


In a world which honors bravery, esteems knowledge and enshrines good looks, along comes a Tim Harris.  Olympian. Entrepreneur. Man born with Down’s Syndrome.

As a business owner, he faces the daily strain of responsibilities, patrons, cares.  The ongoing pace is unrelenting. Yet each time Tim opens his own coffee shop, he does a happy dance.  

Certainly his supportive family have helped with Tim’s success.  With Tim’s disability, each skill acquired would require perseverance and fortitude to achieve. Yet Tim’s self-reference point is as an Olympian, with ” more medals than Phelps”.  As a teen, he dreamed to own a restaurant, not seeing the limitations, just purposing to make his dream come true. Tim dreamed without measure.  Tim defined himself as a special gift, not a hindrance.

The dignity of the man is undeniable.

I expect Tim purchased his joy one choice at a time.  Tim had to steadfastly believe in himself in a society which labels the disabled as second class, worthless, unacceptable.  Tim had to deafen his ears to self-pity, to defeat, to those lying labels and hone his hearing to the possible in order to choose his dream as his reality.  

Each day, Tim dances to life’s goodness before a crowd of patrons holding warm mugs of coffee. With hugs as his daily greeting, Tim has branded his restaurant with a heart of love.  

Not surprising, the business has enjoyed considerable success.  
Over 30,000 hugs, coffee, and people served at Tim’s Place.

Self-defining lies traps us from pursuing dreams.

You’re not-good enough.   
Tim defined himself as a gift.
The perfect God of the universe fashioned you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).
Change your self-definers.

You’ll never make it.
Tim overcame numerous obstacles, patiently learning all the skills required, one tedious task at a time, in order to proudly declare, “I’m the owner here.”
Success is measured one step at a time.  
The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. (Psalm 37:23)
Make friends with God.  As He orders your steps, start walking.

Your dreams don’t matter
Even God believes in dreams.  He has many.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Your dreams are beautiful and worth pursuing. God loves dreaming with you.

Self-defeating lies are invisible electric fences which cordon off our dreams and paralyze the hard work of achieving our destiny.

Bust them open with truth.

Tim busted down those walls.  He bore the pain of being different and shredded society`s expectations, plodding forward one step at a time until his dream to own a love-saturated coffee shop happened.

Don’t believe the lies anymore.


When I behold Tim, hugging patrons, encouraging his staff, laughing with joy, I am humbled by this genuine kind hero. My self-defeat crumbles before his story.As Tim’s story pushes possibility, I can feel the drum of dreams start to rumble within.  The world needs each of our beautiful dreams. I bless you to dream and believe in yourself once again.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford

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