Counting Your Blessings…A True Story

Ah, here we are again at the time of year when we gather round to reflect upon and be thankful for the blessings and abundance we have in our lives.

For some, the question of what to be thankful for has obvious answers, and for others not so obvious. This short story is intended to provide just a little “food for thought” if you are coming up short when adding up the blessings in your life. This is a true story.

Try very hard to imagine yourself as a quadriplegic…you have absolutely no control over any part of your body below your neck – none.  Your whole world consists your hospital bed in a kitchenette apartment located in a small fishing village on Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin.

You are in your early twenties and there is absolutely no hope for your recovery… or that you will ever leave your bed. You must rely totally on others to feed you and provide for all of your personal needs. This is your life, your world… forever.

But wait a minute you do have some assets. You have a good mind and an exceptionally strong will to survive. A loving and supportive network of family and friends surrounds you. The home health care staff tending to you is devoted and reliable.

Enter the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. We’ll call our subject Bob. The year is 1994 and Bob has been a client of the Dept. of Voc Rehab for about two years. Because of Bob’s spunk and sheer determination to succeed and be productive, Bob has been equipped with a computer, a telephone and a TV…all operated by joysticks that Bob controls with his mouth!

My involvement with Bob came as a result of a phone call from the Dept. of Voc Rehab in the fall of 1994. Would I be willing to serve as a tutor/consultant for one of their clients who needed some work with his computer? Of course I was both flattered and humbled by this request and accepted the offer immediately. “By the way Jon, you need to know that Bob is a quadriplegic”…Wow!

Working with Bob over the next six weeks proved to be one of the most uplifting and awe-inspiring experiences of my life. Bob’s primary goal was to operate a computer driven home based business for profit.

Driven by sheer grit and determination Bob quickly learned the basics of computer operation and was soon corresponding with out of town relatives. He also had a creative mind and was beginning to pursue writing short stories as an outlet for expressing himself.

Remember, Bob’s only means of operating his computer was via a joystick controlled by his mouth! Whenever I’m doing battle with my sometimes-obstinate computer, I think of Bob!

Bob quickly mastered my tax preparation software program, as well as a program designed to produce customized children’s books. Sadly, in order to actually do business in these areas, Bob would have to have an assistant standing by to manipulate paperwork and organize details for him. Bob rejected this notion, as it would have created extra dependence on others to work in his behalf.

In the approximately six weeks that I worked with Bob I never heard one complaint from him about his physical condition. His only anger seemed to be with himself when he would accidently hit a wrong key, or misplace a file. Truly remarkable.

So is there a message somewhere here? It is my sincere hope, dear friend, that along with me you are never again challenged for answers when reflecting upon the blessings you possess! Remember Bob…

All the best,


PS.  Bob’s story is all about motivation.  You can achieve anything in life that you desire…CLICK HERE  for what could prove to be  life-changing solutions for achieving the happiness you deserve! 

Published in: on November 27, 2008 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

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