Occasionally, you see a story that is laden with so many lessons, it's difficult know where to start or end in describing what it means to you or articulating its inspiration. This is one such story, Scotty Smiley: Serviceman, WestPoint grad, Iraq Veteran, Wounded, Blind, Father, Husband, Teacher, Runner, Climber, Inspiration.
Thank you Scotty, for serving our country and protecting others, for following your purpose, for keeping the momentum, and for being willing to share your story so that others will be inspired and elevate themselves. Thank you for pushing forward and continuing to challenge yourself and others physically and mentally. I am humbled and motivated.
Thank you US Military for valuing one of your own, for ensuring the knowledge and investment in one of our servicemen is put to its highest and best use, even after this life-altering injury. Thank you for elevating a leader with one disability, so that he may enable so many others.
Thank you Walter Reed Hospital - and doctors, nurses, assistants and everyone in the chain of work that makes the care you give our wounded soldiers possible.
Thank you CBS Sunday Morning for sharing this great story. I recently blogged about Dialogue in the Dark and learning the challenges of the visually impaired. http://www.katcole.com/2010/08/dialogue-in-dark.html I learned so much from that experience. This story, among its many other lessons, also highlights meaningful work being done by the visually impaired. That has become very important to me.
Outside of showing gratitude and humility, I'm not sure that I can share any brilliant insights that can make this story more meaningful to those who come to know it through this post. I will, however, remember this story when I hit tough times in my life. I will be sure to pay it forward by sharing this story to those I know who are dealing with great adversity. Maybe it will provide meaningful perspective to someone in need - you never know.