By Steve Goodier
Dinah Shore said, "There are no hopeless situations -- only people who are
hopeless about them." Case in point: Morgan Rowe. Some 30 years ago, when he
was only 11 years old, he lost his left arm and much of the use of his right
arm. It happened when he fell off a tractor at his father's fence company in
Valdosta, Georgia, and was dragged beneath the machine. Morgan's left
arm was destroyed and his right, mangled.
Young Morgan was released
from the hospital after three-and-a-half months. The first thing he set out
to do was to help pay the bills -- $30,000 worth. That was a lot of money
back then as it is now. For a boy of 11 to accomplish such a task,
the situation seemed hopeless.
For five years Morgan scoured roadsides
picking up cans and bottles. He collected thousands of cans and collected and
sold newspapers. He never gave up hope. First, he paid off the
$455 ambulance bill. Then he put $2,500 down on the hospital bill. He was
still a long way off though his parents raised another $9,000 toward the
People began to hear about the injured boy and eventually
some 2,000 donations poured in, totaling $25,000. The bill was paid
in full! Morgan set aside the additional money for future
What then? Though the bill was paid up, Morgan kept his
projects going to collect money for the hospital so he could help
Someone forgot to tell the boy he was too injured for that
kind of work. Someone neglected to inform him that the situation
was hopeless. Somehow young Morgan didn't realize that an 11-year-old boy
could never pay off a hospital bill so large.
Martin Luther once said,
"Everything that is done in the world is done by the hopeful." No matter your
age. No matter your circumstances. No matter your financial wealth. Without
hope, nothing is possible. But with hope...well...watch
The Man Without A Face
An inspirational true life story.
Dwelling in the Land of Tranquility
We can live in an environment of turmoil or tranquility, despite what is going on around us. This is a choice we make, often subconsciously.
Life is a Choice!
Obstacles are a part of life. It can happen to anyone, and they happen to everyone. All of us, in no matter what the situation have a choice, but it's realizing you have the choice that empowers you.
From Darkness Into the Light
When things take a turn and your day may seem out of the norm,
take time to look at all the possibilities and I just bet, you'll
find many blessings just waiting to be noticed, even if at first
you start out, in the dark.