Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery download in ePub, pdf, iPad
The luckier ones had enough use of their hands to operate a small joystick, which did the same. When I first met Ali, I thought there was something wrong with him. That one moment sticks out in my mind because it captured the essence of Ali. 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.
When things get really tough, it's easy to lose sight of how important the simple conscious choice of not giving up really is. Give yourself credit for not giving up because many others already have. On my nightstand for the past four decades has stood a tiny plastic statue that Ali gave me. Nothing wrong with that, as long as you understand complaining is not the way out of whatever situation you find yourself in, and complaining too much just cements you in place. Nothing would be worth the effort of fighting for because we'd all just deserve to win.
Many people would give up in the same set of circumstances. It's still not clear to me how I came across this particular ad. Life isn't fair and it's not supposed to be. Ali didn't give up, but he always had the choice to, and that's why he inspired me and so many others. The people I most respect are not the ones who are smiling broadly as the chips stack up in front of them but the ones who've just lost it all and keep coming up with reasons to smile.
Stop and think about it for a minute. But I learned much more than I earned.
The greater your discomfort the greater your opportunity to grow. Well, let me challenge the notion of fairness. Ali refused to allow anyone to pity him. 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 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. By the end of my first day on the job I was physically and emotionally wasted. In fact, being upset is a great way to motivate change, but that's not the same as complaining, which simply puts off change. The situation is not always yours to chose, but your response always is. But on this particular day he was going to be alone until I returned eight hours later.
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