Finding Another Way

Disclaimer

An article titled “Finding Another Way” written by Mirin Fader and published in the Orange County Register was the inspiration for this post. Although I use only a few quotes from the article in this post, I would not have known about the story unless Chelle gave the article to me.

Background

2014-0208 Rodney Anderson GraduationThe title “Finding Another Way” immediately captured my attention so I decided to read a little more. According to the article written by Mirin Fader, a former Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF) basketball player turned tragedy into teaching.  Even though I know very little about basketball, and I have neither seen nor heard more than five games during the past several decades, I was intrigued enough to keep reading the article.

The article tells the story of Rodney Anderson who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, an area know for “gangs, drugs, poverty, and violence.” Through a lot of practice, planning, and focus, Anderson earned a scholarship to play basketball for CSUF. His dream was to play for one of the big-name teams so he could move his family away from South Central Los Angeles.

During a break from playing, Anderson visited his family in South Central when someone “shot him in the back four times.” According to the article, Anderson said he had two options: “either give up and let it defeat me, or I could choose to fight back. I decided to fight. At all costs, I was going to do whatever it took to be successful.”

Call to Action

What are you doing to help someone you love or a stranger who needs a little help?  Please put your comments in the text field that appears at the bottom of this post.

Credits

Thanks to Chelle for sharing the article with me; Rodney Anderson for telling his story; Mirin Fader for writing about Rodney Anderson; the Orange County Register for publishing Anderson’s story; Johnny Atkinson, reporter for Daybreak, for his summary of the Anderson story; Wikipedia for providing a summary of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; Ty Pennington, his team, as well as all the other people and organizations that made the Anderson Family home possible; ABC for continuing to carry Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; YouTube for hosting the videos in this post; and all the other people who, either directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

6 Comments

    1. Nancy, I rarely include a long video in a post, but the long video in this post added to the story in a way words could not. I am happy to hear that you found the post enjoyable even though it included a long video. ~ Scott

  1. Hope you can correct the spelling, above, Scott!
    “what” > want

    It has been some time since I went to the Internet to generate ABI-conversation; (via BLOGSPOTS-A Girl, her Dog and her Brain or my clubhouse – “Our house” – rallying cry) perhaps I was BEFORE time?!?!

    Is this stricly a “Community member-chatting-vehicle”; ABI-Professsionals (doctors more so than lawyers) merely contributing as third parties?

    Personally, I am fascinated with ABI-perceptions on the other side of this great continent of ours!
    I cannot remember (story of our lives!) HOW I came across your infectious smile; but, believing ALL things happen for a reason, I shall await to see if I might be of some help and enjoy the refreshing reminder of the Community to which I have long belonged to!
    Soldier ON – and thank you for showing me the Light!

  2. We are alive!
    We have “acquired” a brain injury and are now a member of an elite community – th ABI-Community!

    The more quickly one, refrains from comparisons to past ‘self’ and realizes what one’s present ‘self’ has to give, the more easily one looses the desire to trade time-for-$$$ and reap the priceless benfits of VOLUNTEERING!
    If only the world would realize what we could BE if we ALL volunteered!!

    It IS an unfortunate reality, that $$s keep the world around us moving; just how badly do we what to DO what it takes to keep up?

    I certainly don’t know the answers but am willing to offer perspective, having finally realized – post trauma – that I am a HUMAN BE-ing – not a HUMAN DOing!

  3. I help where I can, often anonymously. My happiest moments have been helping wounded military. I also love being a hospice volunteer.

    1. Hi Mary,

      The fact that you volunteer anonymously is evidence of your exceptional character — you do things because they benefit other people rather than yourself. The world would be a much better place if everyone made caring more important than money. ~ Scott

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