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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Well I've been back in the States now for about a week now and I am trying to pick up where I left off. Not a day goes by that I don't think about the wild experience that I left behind or the challenges that came along with the ride, but I am still confident that I made the right decision. Peace Corps, in reality, isn't for everyone. And right now at this point in my life, it just didn't fall into place for me.

I managed to secure a teaching position at High Hills Elementary School on base where I started back this past Monday. I am doing math PACT small group pull-outs. Contracts will be coming out later this month, so I am anxious to secure my position for next year at a local elementary school. I am currently staying with my parents. Trying to get other little pieces of life back together that we all take for granted....a place to stay, a phone, a car!!! LOL....the searches are coming along. If you particularly know of a small apartment for rent, please let me know (tivey2@hotmail.com). That would be most helpful.

I cannot begin to tell you how much this 5-week experience with the Peace Corps has changed my life. There are many positive expeirences that I will carry with me....but there are also just as many negative experiences that I will always remember and most importantly, so many lessons learned from those negative experiences.

I want to share a little story that a friend emailed to me this past week. When I read it, I think of myself...and I think that this is my greatest strength...the best part about my personality that I treasure the most.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always
in a good mood and always has something positive to
say. When someone would
ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were
any better, I would be twins!"

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there
telling the employee how to look on the positive side
of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I
went up and asked him, "I don't get it!

You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do
you do it?"

He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself,
you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a
good mood or ... you
can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a
good mood."

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a
victim or... I can choose to learn from it. I choose
to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me
complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining
or... I can point out the positive side of life. I
choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices.
When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a
choice. You choose how you react to situations. You
choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be
in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your
choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left
the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost
touch, but I often thought about him when I made a
choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several
years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious
accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications
tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care,
he was released from the hospital with rods placed in
his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were
any better, I'd be twins... Wanna see my scars?" I
declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had
gone through his mind as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the
well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he
replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered
that I had two choices: I could choose to live or... I
could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I
asked.

He continued, ".. the paramedics were great. They
kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they
wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on
the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really
scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I
knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions
at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to
anything. 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses
stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a
deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'."

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to
live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also
because of his amazing attitude... I learned from him
that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything! Therefore do
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry
about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
own." Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about
yesterday.

I am still not past the worrying stage of this whole thing, but I'm working towards it. Your prayerful support is is much appreciated!

Trevor T. Ivey
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