Sanity Injection

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Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s resolutions’

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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Liberals vs. Conservatives: Charity contest

Posted by sanityinjection on December 22, 2008

Liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof discovers in the NYT that conservatives give more to charity than liberals do:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/opinion/21kristof.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

He breaks down several variables including the impact of religious giving and giving to organizations that don’t have a big impact on the truly less fortunate. He also points out that conservatives volunteer more and give blood more often.

In fairness, conservatives *should* be more charitable in principle. If we believe that it is not the government’s job to look after the less fortunate, it is up to us to provide a non-governmental solution, and that means charities and volunteerism. Liberals can argue that they support raising taxes on themselves to support government programs for the poor and disadvantaged.

I like Kristof’s call for a good-natured competition between liberals and conservatives to see who can do more for the less fortunate. During hard economic times, charity becomes all the more important. Although we may be having a harder time ourselves, there is always somebody in worse shape.

This year, I made a point to give more to charity than I have in the past. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to do even better next year. I hope you will, too.

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