Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
One of the reasons I work under the bridge is for the stories. Here is one I think will inspire!
We met Russell several years ago under the 640 bypass bridge, where we help serve the homeless on Wednesday night. Russell isn't homeless but lives in low income government housing. He isn't an old man...perhaps in his 30's...but for whatever reason doesn't work. About 2 years ago, he had all the toes removed from one foot. He has lots of health problems and this was the result of diabetes, if I am not mistaken. He is overweight as well, so after the surgery he started riding all over town in a motorized chair.
Yesterday he called John boy and wanted him to meet him at McDonald's for supper. When John thomas got there, Russell walked in! Here is his story.
One day he was sitting on the street in his chair and a man came up to him. He said "pull over, I want to show you something." So Russell pulled over to a bench. The man sat down and rolled up his pants leg, and took off his leg! He said he had lost it in Iraq. He then pulled up the other pants leg, pulled that leg off and said he had lost it in the same battle.
Then he said, "i know you lost all your toes, and I'm sorry. But there is no reason for you to sit in that chair. You need to get up and start walking." Then he put his legs back on and walked away.
Russell sat there for a minute and decided that he needed to stop feeling sorry for himself and get up and walk. So he did! He has been walking ever since!
What's your ailment today?