Monthly Archives: January 2011

What Can You Do?

You can do anything!

There is a man by the name of Dan Caro who is such an amazing inspiration. As a two year old, he got third degree burns over 70% of his body in a fire. He was rescued by firefighters and no one expected him to live. Dan did live. He was transported by medivac to Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dan went through years of reconstructive surgery. He lost his right hand and most of his left hand. In the 1980s he had reconstructive surgery that gave him a movable thumb on his left hand.

Since then, Dan has been living a full and rewarding life. This site is all about differences and how important self esteem is in overcoming adversity. Dan is one of the finest examples of our message here.

Dan proves every day that attitude is what makes the difference and that nothing is impossible.

His dream was to become a drummer and with courage and belief in possibility, he has accomplished that. Dan holds the drumsticks by using a wrist band and rubber bands on his right hand. He is able to grip with the thumb on his other hand.

Because of his passion for music and his courage, Dan has become a respected drummer in the New Orleans area. He has performed with some of the most famous musicians ever.

Dan has become the Ambassador for the Shriners of North America. He speaks professionally and offers motivation to all who see him. He doesn’t live with a poor me attitude. He lives with an I am appreciative and capable attitude. He sees his burn deformity as a gift, without which he could never have had such a fulfilling life.

He has written a book called The Gift of  Fire How I Make Adversity Work for Me.

It might be a really good read for those of you who need some inspiration.

No Mountain High Enough

People can often learn how to overcome adversity and get past barriers by watching animals. Animals don’t focus on inability. Instead, they focus on ability and possibility.

Animals don’t feel sorry for themselves when things go wrong. They look for hope in hopeless circumstances and in possibility.

People tend to think about the “what ifs?” It is so much less stressful to focus on what is. Then, as the facts become apparent, do what it takes to solve the problems and get past the obstacle in the best way possible.

Diana Ross sang a song that comes to mind. The lyrics were, “Aint no mountain high enough…Aint no valley low enough…Aint no river wide enough…to keep me from…”

You fill in the next verse.

Yes, a lot can be learned from animals. Watch them and take heed.

(For those of you who are regulars here, this is Riley. Riley is Rugby’s little brother. Rugby taught him well!)

I Am A Bullying Survivor

I would like to share a portion of a post made by a dear Twitter Friend, @MissShuganah A.K.A. Debbie. Unbeknown to us, she had been bullied as a child. Her story is is so insightful, so heartbreaking and so encouraging and all at the same time. Things are not always as they seem. Whether youContinue Reading

Rescue: The Gift of Love

It is so exciting to rescue and foster an animal and then have that animal connect with you and become a member of your family. This our new little girl Maggie Mac. She didn’t always look like this. She had a worried look all of the time. When she got here, she was afraid andContinue Reading

The Cat and the Deer

Not Always As They Seem

Bullying Witnesses Have Issues

There are some current studies on bullying that are very enlightening. Apparently, teens who witness bullying are as likely or more likely than victims to develop anxiety, depression and physical symptoms from stress. These kids are more likely to use drugs or alcohol.  The conclusion is that kids are actually traumatized by exposure to bullyingContinue Reading

What Happens When You Ignore the Obvious?

Ignoring the obvious increases the likelihood of risk to someone or something. In the case of wearing shoes that are too small, the person wearing them can get blisters. In the case of abuse, physical and emotional issues can emerge. In the case of children who fall between the cracks, people like Jared Lee LoughnerContinue Reading

Rescuing an Animal

Those of you who are regulars here know that this site is about helping anyone with special needs and helping the  people who love them. Today’s post is about the 4 legged variety of special needs creatures. Well, that isn’t actually true because some special needs animals have fewer than four legs. If you haveContinue Reading

It Was Too Late

This post is a bit different from most. It is being written in an effort to share a lesson that several kids learned too late to save their friend’s life. Last year an 18 year old young man died in a car accident. He had not been drinking but the others involved in the accidentContinue Reading