Yesterday afternoon I took my regular walk for exercise of 40+ minutes around my neighborhood. Because of my recent sore throat, I’ve missed my walks, so I felt pleased to once again get the exercise I need. On my way past the bus stop, I passed a young man in a wheelchair. We exchanged smiles and “Hello”s and I pressed on my way.
“Good for him,” I thought. Although wheelchair-bound, he waits for a bus to go somewhere–even in a light drizzle. I would rather walk than wait motionless in such weather, so I felt a little sorry for him. I admit I also felt a little sorry he had to sit in a wheelchair. I know the handicapped don’t need pity, so I didn’t feel obligated to stop to talk with him. Another time we cross paths, however, I plan to engage him in conversation, to get acquainted, and to learn a bit of his story.
My thoughts ran to someone I’ve recently come to know. Jake French recently graduated from the local National Speakers Association training program, where I am now enrolled. In an effort to inspire others, especially high schoolers, he speaks to groups from his wheelchair. After college, Jake suffered a traumatic accident which changed his life forever. While his energy at time lags, his spirit is enthusiastic, energetic, and inspiring. Jake inspires.
Jake can inspire you to face your obstacle, marshall your energies to meet it, and overcome it. Check out JakeFrenchinspires.com or Jake’s book Life Happens. Live it! What particular obstacle(s) in life do you face?