Life comes in a package varying of two things: good things and bad things. Every time we have a setback, it’s an opportunity for us to turn it into a triumph. Take the following into consideration:
W. Mitchell is a millionaire, a former mayor, and a motivational speaker; accomplishing all of them after his tragic accidents. Mitchell likes to make people guess how he got the accidents. A car crash? A fire? People were shocked to find out his real story.
“That afternoon, I got on that motorcycle I bought a couple of days before to ride to work,” he said, “and at the crossroads, a truck and I collided. The bike went down, crushed my elbow and fractured my pelvis, and the petrol cap popped open on the motorcycle. The petrol poured out, the heat of the engine ignited it and I got burned over 65 per cent of my body.” Fortunately, he was nearby a car park and headed for the fire extinguisher that saved his life. Mitchell’s face was burnt and his fingers were black. “When I tell people there were two separate accidents, they can hardly stand it.” Sadly, four years after spending months and years learning how to adapt to his new handicap, something even more tragic happened. He got into an awful plane crash which paralyzed him from the waist down. After the plane crash, he met a nineteen year old patient in the hospital. ‘This guy had also been paralyzed. He had been a mountain climber, a skier, an active outdoors person, and he was convinced that his life was over. Finally, I went over to the guy and said, “You know something? Before all this happened to me, there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I could spend the rest of my life dwelling on the 1,000 that I lost, but I choose to focus on the 9,000 that are left.”‘
I don’t know how else to tell you guys that we should all try to understand the changes that took place in our lives instead of crying about it. Whether it’s losing a friend or a family member, it’s all about learning to live without it. To live another way without what you had. Mitchell has been such an inspiration for me when it comes to accepting my past for what it is and just moving on. I strongly suggest everyone to listen to his speeches, read about him, and just watch his videos. He deserves so much because of how many lives he’s changed.
“It’s not what happens in your life, it’s what you do about it.” – W. Mitchell