Editor’s Column: Celebrating Amazing Things
I had a business trip to Florida as we were running up to deadline this week. I was bummed when I got to the airport and realized I had forgotten "Moll Flanders", which I’d checked out of the local library. I had work to do on the way out and writing my column planned for the flight back. In all honesty I wasn’t looking forward to this prospect.
In addition to business travel last week, my little sister was scheduled to get married (worded on the safe side!) at my house on July 23. We had done a lot of work in the months leading up to the wedding, including making the groom’s and groomsmen’s vests and yarmulkes to coordinate. I was about to give up on making my dress as the matron of honor, which I still hadn’t started as of this writing.
What?!?! I did a double take of the picture and sure enough, Anthony Robles of Arizona State University had just one leg. The story went on to note that he nearly quit the year before after only coming in seventh until an envelope stuffed with letters from third-graders in Georgia arrived cheering him on. “I didn’t know how much my wrestling meant to people,” the article quoted Robles as saying. Sometimes we all can get too focused in our own little worlds and miss the big picture. And the fact that Robles maintained such humility where many lesser athletes would not have is itself humbling.
The magazine featured a series of people doing innovative or amazingly odd things, but this article was absolutely the one that stuck with me. I’ve been so fortunate in my life to make a happy, healthy family and, corny as it might sound, to find my way to the credit union industry.