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Posted by on Jan 3, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

A Disability Doesn’t Mean Disabled

 

 

When we see a business hire a mentally or physically challenged person, it really says something about the business and its management.

For example, here in Las Vegas, the local movie theatre we frequent hired a mentally-challenged young man as a ticket taker. He’s the guy who stands on his feet for an entire shift, always scans each movie ticket carefully, looks the person directly in the eye, and then tells them which theatre the movie is playing in and which direction to go (even though the number is printed clearly on the ticket).

At first, this speech seemed like overkill. Almost like clearing customs. Then, each time we went in and saw the young man, he’s given the same speech in a loud voice that made it clear he struggles with words at times, but is also very, very, very proud of his job.

He’s been at that movie theatre for close to ten years now. And, I love hearing his speech.

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2022 in Blog, Essays, Rants and Raves | 0 comments

“My tough times would be a dream for anyone else.”

 

 

 

What a great quote:

“My tough times would be a dream for anyone else.”

I heard this today from Geno Smith, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. Indeed, Smith has been through some “tough times” as a professional athlete. He’s struggled in a career of ups and downs, but has played far better than anyone expected this season. Smith was recently asked about the “tough times” during his career. His answer was beautiful.

We are reminded that our lives are often a matter of perspective. Many of the problems we face would be a dream scenario for other people.

Something to think about and remember.

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2022 in Blog, Essays, Personal | 0 comments

30 Years Ago Today

 

 

Thirty years ago, Marieta and I stayed in Holland for a few months. Her brother lived in Eindhoven, a Dutch city near the border with Belgium and Germany. We took these photos in Nov. 1992.

Those were great days and even better nights. When I think back on those moments, that might have been the happiest time of my life. Well, except for one other moment.

As to my happiest time, my hope is — I still haven’t lived it yet.

Isn’t that a joy to anticipate? Let’s all hope tomorrow is a better day than today and yesterday. And if tomorrow turns out to be something better than where we are now, then that’s something to celebrate.

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