Thalidomide, intended to reduce and eliminate morning sickness in pregnant women, was a tragedy medication for many families. The untested drug resulted in many children with disabilities being born. Many did not even survive.
But out of tragedy can come magic, as we all well know, and I had the opportunity to see that magic at work last week.
Alvin Law - not always politically correct, is a guy that knows that ultimately bullied kids have to stand up for themselves, that tough love is often the best love, and that we all have to make tough choices sometimes- came to speak to Melville. In particular to the staff and clients of Rail City Industries, a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities.
His message isn’t one of victimization and tragedy, no indeed. Not at all. His message is one of acceptance - accepting who you are and where you’re at, and one of fighting - knowing what you want and doing what you can to get it, and one of awareness – being aware of the great opportunities around you, noting them, talking about them, and most of all, being amazed by them.
Acceptance, fighting, awareness. Did he use these during the talk? Maybe not, I’m not even sure. But I know that this is his message as I understood it. And I was deeply touched and moved by listening to him.
Take the time to check out his story, and pick up a copy of his book. There is no doubt in my mind that you’ll be inspired and amazed…and that you’ll start looking a little more closely at your own life. There’s likely a lot there to be amazed about as well.