The life lessons earned and experienced with my first car

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The life lessons earned and experienced with my first car

Getty Images Independence found, and lost. At the time, I was basking in my newfound independenceliving on my own, paying my way through college and looking for work, which back in the s meant scouring through obscurely worded "help wanted" ads in the newspaper.

Waves of nausea washed over me Each one was a quadriplegic, meaning they had sustained a spinal cord injury in the C3-C6 vertebrae range, paralyzing them from the neck down, and had virtually no use of their arms or legs. Some used straws attached to servo controls to guide their electric wheelchairs with their mouth.

The luckier ones had enough use of their hands to operate a small joystick, which did the same. My job was to pick them up and out of bed, help with all those things you and I would never think twice about doing on our own--from tooth-brushing to eating--then put them back in bed again at the end of the day.

There was much more to it, but you get the idea. By the end of my first day on the job I was physically and emotionally wasted. Waves of nausea washed over me as I tried to cope with the reality of seeing kids close to my age sentenced to a lifetime of depending on someone else for everything--at a time when I was at the height of my physical conditioning and ego, and celebrating my own newfound independence.

But I stayed on the job. But that quickly changed. With each day I became more humbled by the almost superhuman attitude of these kids. They had pretty much everything I cherished taken away from them. And not in a slow degenerative process they had time to think about. Each one had suffered their spinal cord injury in either a motorcycle or diving accident; most during the summer before going to college--the transition from youth to adulthood.

One day they were frolicking with friends, diving into a swimming pool, riding with the wind in their face, and the next day they were incapable of scratching an itch.

Yet their ability to adapt and not give up was so strong. I spent six months in that job and then four years as the full-time aide for one of these incredible young men, Ali. At the time I was thrilled to have a job that paid my way through college, to share an apartment in the heart of Boston and even get a car.

But I learned much more than I earned. What Ali taught me were invaluable lessons we all need to learn: One morning I was late for school and rushing to leave the apartment I shared with Ali. I had to get him out of bed, into his wheelchair, and set up with breakfast, which meant seating him in front of a small table with a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal and a spoon Velcroed to his right hand.

Ali had some very limited use of his biceps and could manage to lift the spoon from the bowl to his mouth. But on this particular day he was going to be alone until I returned eight hours later.

His head was cocked and facing the door. I immediately ran over to seat him upright. He looked at me with a smile and said, "Pretty much since you left! I started to apologize profusely. As I spouted my gibberish he looked at me and simply said, "Hey, nobody is to blame.

But I think the oatmeal is cold by now. That one moment sticks out in my mind because it captured the essence of Ali. So here are the seven most important ones. As you read them think of your own life experiences and ask yourself how you measure up.

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How you think is how you will feel. When we find ourselves in situations that cause us to feel depressed, anxious, or angry, our first response can be to find someone or something to blame. We look outside for something to change to make us feel different inside.

How you feel is determined by how you think about yourself and whatever situation you find yourself in. When I first met Ali, I thought there was something wrong with him. How could anyone in his situation actually be happy about life? No, there was something wrong with me for not appreciating the power that our thoughts can have over any situation we find ourselves in.At Elephant in the Room Men's grooming lounge, we pride ourselves in providing the best and most award-winning Tulsa Mens Haircut experience.

The life lessons earned and experienced with my first car

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. This is the first book I have read and reviewed by this author. I was pleasantly surprised at the interesting theme.

This is a second book of a series and while I was able to easily get into the story I also felt that I had missed something too, in terms of the other supporting characters. [1] Much of this narrative can be found in Dennis’s writings, particularly My Quest and The Alternative.

My Quest was written from his jail cell, while The Alternative was written soon after he was released from prison. My Quest is no longer available as of , to my knowledge, but The Alternative is available from urbanagricultureinitiative.com as of After my previous article in which I shared some hard-learned ideas I’ve gained over the years, time passed and I found myself encountering more and more along the way.

As these principles would occur to me occasionally, I recorded them in my notes before they had a chance to slip away. Below is a list of 15 more truths in particular that I’ve learned through many difficult moments in my life. A bit over a year ago, I gave my first presentation as a (future professional) public speaker.

Last month, I received a speaking fee check that was – for the first time – in the full amount that I had requested from my .

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