Disability Perks! The Benefits of a One Handed Life – OHS0012

The National Park Service logo with an image of an other Golden Access Passport for having a Lifetime Disability

The National Park Service logo with my Golden Access Passport. These are given out if you have a lifetime disability and they have great perks!

I prefer the cooler side on being born with one hand. That is why I lean on humor and fun. It is rare I play the “disability card” so to speak. But there are times… I often ask to get on a plane, will look for any disability discounts, will use it as a hiring preference, and on more rare occasions I will ask if I can park in the “alter-abled” parking area when speaking at a festival. The Oregon Country Fair has always been supportive of this request. My legs are just fine and I will never ask for a disable parking license plate or status, hide behind my disability, or use myself as an excuse. What I will do is look for the perks of a one handed life. And getting a Golden Access Lifetime Disability Passport from the National Park Service is one of them.

This is a short story of meeting my dear dear friend Stacy near Yellowstone National Park while on my cross country bicycle trip. It is also where I had a great moment requesting not to pay the entrance fee as I was here to also apply for a Golden Access Disability Passport.

Show Notes:

  • Getting A Golden Access Lifetime Passport for having a Disability.
  • The funny ways I show people I have a lifetime disability.
  • Meeting a friend in Yellowstone National Park while riding my bicycle across the USA.

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No Good Deed Goes Undone – OHS011

A young boy has fallen on his bike and his hurt while some is coming to help

I found myself in the right place at just the right time with the right intention to do the right thing. Then 15 years later my good deed was no longer undone.

Sometimes a moment unfolds and we take action like a superhero. It does not always have to be like saving the world like Superman or the Avengers. Sometimes it is as simple as helping a cat out of a tree, walking the elderly across the street, or helping a child in distress. Whether it is saving a cat or saving the universe I do believe no good deed goes undone.

This is not so much about a financial reward, getting some “street cred,” being praised or thanked by the people who benefited. This is about the the great merit/karma/energy created when you do a good deed. In a very real way the good merit you create IS the payment of the good deed that goes undone. In this type of thinking then it is true that “no good deed goes undone.” But it is a pleasant moment when there is a gesture of thanks and gratitude unfold.

Here is a short story of a good deed I did and 15 years later it was no longer undone.

Show Notes:

  • Having the opportunity to act like a superhero.
  • Making a difference in the life of a little boy who was hurt. 
  • 15 years latter something special happened.

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Giving A Helping Hand To A Little Snowboarding Girl – OHS010

little snowboard girl shredding on the slopes

I offered a helping hand to a little snowboarder girl who was about to get stuck.

This is one of my most precious and personally most endearing stories to tell. It has to do with children, one of my favorite hobbies of snowboarding, being at the right place at the right time, and making a small difference in the life of that one child on that one day in that one moment is that one special way.

Often we have opportunities unfold before us where we can make a difference. So much has to do with choice and perspective. Do we make the choice? I guess it has to do with our perspective. The more we look at how in each and every moment we can benefit others the more each moments offer us. But if we only look at ourselves, and our wants, and our needs… When we only look at ourselves we cannot see the potential before us. It is not about us as individuals.

A small amount of help with just the right kind of intention with a gentle touch and a moment in the life of a child can blossom and shine. This was my moment to give.

Show Notes:

  • Seeing an opportunity to help and doing something about it.
  • Speed, timing and touch all played a part in this tender yet powerful moment.
  • Making everything OK.

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An Alligator Bit My Hand Off! Fun For Kids – OHS009

A story board showing a no-hand icon, cartoon alligators, and a young boy looking very surprised

Imagery that explains one of the greatest and funniest moments explaining way I have one hand to kids. Timing is everything!

The title says it all! And there is truth there also. Not so much about an alligator biting my hand off. But the idea of an alligator biting my hand off. When you have spent you entire life with one hand you might be faced with two options for how you view the world. Either with joy and humor or with bitterness and sadness. Well, I guess you do not need a one handed life to think that way.

I have taken the path of joy and happiness. Especially when it comes to kids. There is not a day in public a child does not stare, look amazed, and ask a lot of questions. And anytime I can bring humor to a moment about living this one handed life I do. This is just a short story about being in the right place at just the right time and seizing the moment. I made a crowd of people laugh, won the admiration of a father, and left a small boy frozen in utter stunned disbelief.

Show Notes:

  • Saying the right thing about having one hand at just the right time.
  • Hanging out at the Western Idaho Fair.
  • Why I love interacting with children.

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