The Monday Memo: 5/26/2014

The Monday Memo

May 19, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Live Day”

National Public Radio published a story this past week highlighting Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer, a 32-year old veteran of the Afghanistan War.  The piece breaks down Sgt. Dwyer’s surge into the arena of professional motorsports, which he began in earnest following his return from his tour of duty.  What makes this story especially unique is that Sgt. Dwyer is missing his left leg because of the detonation of a Taliban IED during combat.  In racecar driving, the job of the left leg is to control the clutch, which Sgt. Dwyer does with the help of a prosthetic limb.

What particularly struck me about this article was the introduction, which discusses the concept of “Live Day”. Injured veterans use this term to denote the date which the catastrophic event took place. “Some of us, many of us die,” Sgt. Dwyer noted. “For those of us that don’t, Live Day is our new birthday.”

In recognition of Memorial Day, Sgt. Dwyer’s story of perseverance and heroism puts a different spin on that word, memorial.  Sgt. Dwyer is up-front in mentioning that not everyone in this situation is as fortunate as he. For him, and for so many of our veterans across this nation, to memorialize each day means to live life for those that were lost protecting the freedoms we so often take for granted.

With great reverence and respect, we honor those who have given their lives for the freedom of this nation.  Your memory is surely never forgotten.

~Jeremy Harris

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May 26, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 5/19/2014

The Monday Memo

May 19, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“The Flexibility of Perseverance”

The link below is a quick clip of Egyptian table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato.  You might say that his style of play is a tad unorthodox; Mr. Hamato lost both of his arms in an accident as a boy, and competes with a paddle in his mouth.  The brief interview below displays him playing against some of the top-ranked table tennis players in the world as the guest of honor at the Table Tennis World Championships this year.  Mr. Hamato’s undeniable skill is second only to his perseverance in overcoming such a tremendous obstacle to play the game he loves.

What is perseverance? It can be overcoming an obstacle, carrying on through the good and the bad, and to be confident in the face of adversity.  What Mr. Hamato shows us is that perseverance means working with your obstacles, and creating a path with what you have been given.  You must have the strength to work through your barriers, but also the flexibility to adapt.  Use the strengths you have, and make them stronger in the face of adversity.

You can find the interview with Ibrahim Hamato at the link below.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10926479

~Jeremy Harris

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May 19, 2014 |