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Superman Remains Super Forever In Our Minds

Well-known actor Christopher Reeves, who starred in the "Superman" movies, as well as the films "Somewhere in Time" and "Deathtrap", died on October 10, 2004.

This 6-feet, 4-inch tall superman was badly hurt in 1995 in a horseback riding accident. He went from the peak of his career to the trough of his life. He once considered suicide, but he could not let go his children and wife.

Reeves managed to get through his dark time and reoriented his life around a campaign to look for treatments and cures for paralysis. He established the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to pursue this mission.

Was his life a tragedy? Many people would look at him and say "yes."

To him, it was not. He chose instead to have an incredibly positive attitude and belief in himself and in life. The doctors told him he will never walk again. His response was: "It's not a matter of IF I will walk again, it is just a matter of WHEN and HOW."

Some people questioned his intentions in establishing the Paralysis Foundation. They thought that it was because he himself wanted the treatment.

I would say that even if his intention was partly to assist himself, there is nothing wrong with that. He had his wife, he had his children, he had people who cared about him. He was right not to give it up.

Moreover, his very act of fighting for his injuries brought a positive impact to people who have encountered great difficulties in their lives. His message was simply "don't give up; it is your choice to choose sitting there and do nothing or stand up and fight for your life."

Dr. John McDonald, director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Washington University, St. Louis, called Reeve "one of the most intense individuals I've ever met in my life." Dr. McDonald was treating Reeves for his injury.

"Before him there was really no hope," McDonald said. "If you had a spinal cord injury like his there was not much that could be done, but he's changed all that. He's demonstrated that there is hope and that there are things that can be done."

Are you looking for a better life at present? I tell you: A better life has been with you for a long time. It doesn't matter what you have or don't have, but it does matter if you can treasure what you have. Start to build your life by the treasures already in your hands.

"Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance."
John Petit-Senn
French Poet

Enjoy and live your life vigorously every day. Invest your time to help others so as to help yourself. Soon you'll find yourself quietly influencing yourself and your neighborhood positively with your attitude. You'll become more "sexy" in the eyes of others.

From the Desk of
Damen Choy

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