“When written in Chinese,
the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other
– John F. Kennedy
What would you do if you were in a car accident and
ended up paralysed?
Can you imagine the change that would bring in your life?
All of the things you perhaps take for granted would be taken away
with inevitable impacts on your career, your relationships
and maybe your ability to enjoy life.
In 2014 I met a man where that exact thing happened to him
and he’s since become a friend.
His name is Paddy Slattery.
If you’ve been on this email for a while, you’ll know that in 2014,
with perhaps your help, we crowd-funded a professional stage production
of a full length play I’d written called The Waiting Room.
At one of the shows, Paddy approached me and suggested turning the
play into a movie script. Initially reluctant, his eagerness and positivity convinced
me to give it a go and this year my personal project has been collaborating with
Paddy on the creation of this script – so I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him.
What I love about Paddy is that while his body
may be paralysed his mind, spirit and humanity are exceptionally alive.
And he always has a smile on his face.
His story is very inspirational and a reminder that even in the most
trying circumstances, you can still achieve and make a positive impact.
RTE radio recently did a 30 minute documentary on Paddy and his
story and I thought I’d share it with you.
If you can spare the time this week, you’ll be inspired.
Click here for Paddy’s story.