Take Response-Ability 1

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.  One day as I was having a pity party at the hospital, my friend that shot me showed up with a book in his hand.   With tears in his eyes, he handed it to me.  I opened it up and on the inside cover it read, “I will never forgive myself but I hope someday you will”.  Well, now I had tears in my eyes and together we shared an unforgettable moment. More importantly, I promised myself that I would never blame my friend for shooting me.  I decided right then and there – just three days after becoming paralyzed – that I would take response-ability for my future and he must do the same. After all, I picked up the gun.  I owned the fact that I was equally involved in the events of that Friday afternoon.  This mindset, this shift in thinking helped me empower myself to succeed or fail on my terms without a “built in” excuse.  We always have the ability to respond.  We can be positive or negative, happy or sad, but it is our choice and nobody can make us mad.  slide 3

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