Many of you know my day starts with HAW> Honesty, Attitude, Water. I think all three have been a big factor helping me to have a successful journey to health and fitness at 54 years old. I do not know if one is more important than the other, but I do know finding inspiration to choose a Positive Attitude each day is crucial to my journey and becomes easier each day. It becomes easier because of the blessings God bestows upon me and the people he brings into my life. As promised in my last blog, "BALANCE", I want to share some special inspiration with you on this special day.
I ended my week last Saturday at my brother (Stephen) and sister-in-laws (Carla) house which happens to be a block from my house near The Citadel Military College. Stephen and Carla have shared their home with cadets and their families for the past 20 years. All of the families and cadets are special in their own way, but none more special and striking than the family I met last Saturday at the big Homecoming weekend event.
I was sitting in the living room of their home after enjoying a feast of various grilled meats, side dishes, and desserts. A lady sitting on the couch started talking with me about my journey and how I went about transforming myself. As we talked, her husband, daughter, son, and his fiancé joined us in the room. The next hour was inspirational to me as they shared their recent journey with me. Their journey started on May 7, 2008 and has taken them to the lows and highs in life.
On May 7, 2008, the son, was one of two survivors of an IED explosion in Afghanistan that killed 2 other soldiers and a civilian. He suffered cardiac arrest, multiple fractures and a traumatic brain injury. He returned home a double amputee (both legs). He and his family define positive attitude. Their attitude is defined by determination, humility, love of others, God, and country.
The son is 1st Lt. Brian Brennan. In short, Brian's recovery has been miraculous. His determination and support system have seen him recover to a point that no one thought would happen. He is now in Captain's school and inspiring everyone he meets. Brian is very humble and does not bask in being the center of attention. Maybe that is what is so inspiring to me. What comes across in meeting him is a person that cares deeply about others and thinks little about himself other than how he can best serve his country, family, and friends.
Brian, his family, and friends have taken his story and their journey to a very positive place by establishing the Brennan Stands Alone Foundation (http://brennanstandsalone.org). Donations to the foundation aid in their mission to ease the trauma of those families who have sacrificed for our country.
So, 2 years and 6 months after the horrible attack in Afghanistan, Brian and his family have defined what the power of positive attitude can accomplish. Brian and his family had every reason to have a negative attitude about the cards they were dealt. Instead, Brian showed us all what a driven positive attitude can accomplish; while he and his family have used his journey as the foundation to help others! What a great attitude and what an inspiring story. Check it out and support them if you can at http://brennanstandsalone.org .
Note to ME and YOU: Attitude is a choice. Choose a positive attitude each day and one day you may not only accomplish your goals, but help others reach theirs. Wouldn't that be nice.
I thank all that serve and have served our country.
The "Inspired" Fat Guy
PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WONDERFUL WIFE, POLLY! Thanks for your unconditional love and telling me the story that started my journey!