With the right attitude and a touch of humor you can do what Mal Hancock did. Mal took the proverbial lemon of a paralyzing fall and turned that tragedy into real-life lemonade. Mal was in high school, facing a promising career in athletics, when a fall paralyzed him from the waist down. He endured some heartbreaking days trying to make the mental and physical adjustments.
There are no guarantees, as Mal Hancock learned, that life will be a bed of roses. On the contrary, you can count on facing some very strange events, but if you learn to face the unexpected with humor and optimism, you too can come out on top. While in the hospital Mal began to draw the scenes around him. Rather than complain about the nurse waking him at 3:00 A.M. for a sleeping pill, he drew a cartoon about it that made the point with a laugh. Soon all the nurses in the hospital were coming by to see what Mal had chosen to draw.
It wasn't long before he had sold one of those cartoons to a magazine. That single sale launched him into a successful career as a cartoonist. Today Mal Hancock's name can be read on cartoons in the Saturday Evening Post and T.V. Guide. Incidentally, his first book was called - you guessed it - Hospital Humor. (See full story here).
Mal learned a lesson which can be important to all of us. Even when you can't do anything about a situation (such as being paralyzed), you can do a lot about your attitude toward the situation.
As you begin your day, think about this and complete the second sentence:
- Today I will laugh with others as often as possible, remembering to take my family and my business seriously, but not to take myself too seriously.
- Today I will _____________________________________.