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A Foot on the Dinner Table

I was addressing a group of adults this morning and happened to throw them this challenge:

“What would you think if you were at a nice dinner with about nine or ten other folks, and one of them puts their bare foot on your table?”

The general consensus was they’d be pretty disgusted. Their facial gestures indicated that, if that happened at their table, dinner would be OVER whether they had finished eating or not.

“But what if that person had no arms?” I asked.

That changes everything, doesn’t it?  It takes our preconceived notions and removes them from the picture.

This describes just one of my experiences last week at the annual convention of the National Speakers Association. One of my tablemates had no arms. He ate with his feet. He also drank with his feet and took conference notes with his feet. He even wrote a book with his feet. Amazing.

This man, a Canadian, is a very successful speaker on the topic of dealing with adversity. People will listen to this man. He walks his talk.

What an inspiration. And I think I’m having a tough day when I have a sore throat.

I’m very clear on the fact that no rational person ASKS to tackle the challenges of this world without his arms. But things happen and life sometimes throws us some huge challenges. What we do with them is a measure of our character, our resolve and our resiliency.

Encourage a young person today. And have a great and blessed week.

James Sutton, Psychologist



July 15, 2007 - Posted by | adversity, Inspirational, Self-esteem

1 Comment »

  1. Great post – it really made me sit up and listen when the twist in the tale came.


    Comment by Guilty Secret | July 20, 2007 | Reply

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