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Archive for December 29th, 2008

Put your best foot forward!

Posted by sanityinjection on December 29, 2008

When faced with the challenges and setbacks in our lives, it’s only natural to sometimes feel a bit sorry for ourselves. Sometimes we will remind ourselves of the host of reasonable excuses for why we didn’t live up to our expectations of ourselves.

After that, if we have successfully internalized what our parents taught us, we may recall that no matter how bad we think we have it, there is always someone who has to deal with greater challenges than we do. It might be someone we know, or it might be a total stranger in a country far away.

Today I have learned about someone like that who has tackled life’s challenges with an attitude that puts a lot of us to shame. Her name is Jessica Cox and she lives in Arizona. The first thing that people notice about Jessica is that she has no arms. In fact, she was born without arms. As a result, Jessica has learned to do everything with her feet, including mundane tasks like dressing and putting on makeup, as well as driving a car and most recently, flying a plane! More importantly, however, Jessica has had to learn two very important life lessons. The first is that there is nothing she can’t accomplish, no matter what anyone tells her. The second is that she is always going to be the focus of stares and attention throughout her life, so she has learned to embrace her difference and revel in her nonconformity.

I would encourage you to take a few minutes to poke around Jessica’s website. In addition to the inspiration of her example, Jessica is a good writer and her accounts of her exploits are really entertaining to read:

http://www.rightfooted.com/index.htm

If any of my readers are searching for a New Year’s resolution, let me suggest that we all try harder to approach our own lives with the positive and confident attitude that Jessica does.

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Poor, poor auto workers

Posted by sanityinjection on December 29, 2008

We’ve been told repeatedly that one of the main reasons we needed to bail out the Detroit automakers was to save the autoworkers. Of course, the United Auto Workers’ union maintains a well-stocked fund (paid for by the Detroit automakers) that pays any laid-off worker something like 90% of their salary for a period of time.  How many of us enjoy that kind of security if we lose our jobs?

Now comes word that the union also owns and maintains a golf resort and conference center in Michigan where union leaders live the good life at the expense of their members’ dues:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,472304,00.html

Of course, the average auto worker doesn’t get to vacation at this resort, unless they kiss their union rep’s ass.

This is just the latest example with the UAW and certain other unions. When times are good and profits are booming, the unions insist on a big slice of the pie. When times are tough and everyone is hurting, everyone has to pitch in and sacrifice except the unions, who refuse to give up any of their perks and privileges. And we wonder why Detroit can’t make a profit.

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