Dancing in the Rain

 Dancing Through Disabling Storms

Keeping On Dancing

Do you have a disability that keeps your spirit from dancing? Do you choose to feel gratitude or have life’s challenges put your dancing days  behind you?

As a motivational humorist with a disability, I’ve been asked what gives me a  resilient and thankful Attitude.

For me, instead of timidly cowering and waiting for the storms to pass, which may never happen, the strategy that I found to be the most helpful is to aggressively assume a helpful  and thankful Attitude.

This Attitude is natural result of  focusing on what I have instead of what I don’t have. When I think of how lucky I am to have come through my motorcycle crash half paralyzed but functional and with no chronic pain makes me want to help someone who didn’t come through their crash so well. Getting in the habit of bringing cheer to fellow crash survivor Wayne gives me an addictive  feeling of value.

Being aggressively helpful means to actively look for someone to help, visiting someone in a long term care facility for example, and being aggressively thankful means to focus on what I have instead of what I don’t have. 

In other words, Accept the world on the world’s terms.

How can I accept the unacceptable?

By helping someone else accept their unacceptable.

Specific Strategy

When I’m feeling low, one thing I’ve learned to do to pick myself up is to visit my friend Wayne. Wayne is a fellow motorcycle crash survivor who has lived in a long term care facility for over two decades. It is impossible for me to feel sorry for myself when I’m focusing on doing something to cheer up or offer diversity to Wayne, or anyone who’s in need of some help I can offer them.

Sure, I am a hemi plegic with the left half of my body paralyzed so I can no longer do many of the things I used to take for granted. Bad as I may sometimes feel about my current abilities, or lack thereof, it is impossible for me to feel sorry for myself, when I’m visiting and bringing smiles to a fellow motorcycle crash survivor who is in much worse condition than I’m in.

Know the joy of helping a “Wayne.”

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

To hire Al to share his humor and motivation at your event, or to participate in his seminar, contact him by clicking here. 


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2 Responses to Dancing in the Rain

  1. Fritz34 April 14, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    Al, knowing you the way I do and watching you for the last 30 years growing and changing from an angry confused person to a useful helpful member of society I can truly say you walk your talk.

  2. Anonymous April 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Yeah, it took a while to get comfortable enough with the new me to write a happy ending to the book I started but that had been destroyed.

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