Greatest One-Handed Moments #1 – OHS028

A black and white image of a subway hand rail loop strap.

One of the many great one-handed moments for AlejAndro occurred on the inner airport subway rail car at Sea-Tac airport just outside Seattle, Washington. Timing, baggage, and the hand rail unfolded into one of the funniest one-handed moments for AlejAndro and everyone on the airport subway.

Living this one-handed life has many fun, unique, and funny moments. In fact, the opportunity to lift people up, make people laugh, and to inspire people in the moment arises often. I guess the question to ask is will I utilize the moment or not? A long time ago I made the decision to look at my life as a blessing. To inspire people and bring humor and joy to as many moments as possible as a benefit for them, for, me, and for all the people around us. I decided to use my one handed life as a reflection of the power of positive thinking. As a symbol of how we can overcome our obstacles and live a life of greatness.

Living this one-handed life has not always been easy. When I was a child it was very difficult. But overall I am not the kind of person to only share, or mostly share all the bad parts of life. Or share how hard life has been. I think people can understand how difficult life can be with one hand. So I go the other way. I push the envelope of positivity. I use my perceived limitation as a source of unlimited power. As a way to help people.

There is not a day that goes by when I am not approached by a child or an adult who wants to know what happened to my hand. Mostly child stare and are amazed that I “only have one hand,” or that I am “missing a hand.” Child are so open and curious. I simply love that quality of children. They will just come up to me and start asking me questions as if there is no problem at all about asking. And they are right.

My interactions with adults can be very different. Most of the time adults are much more reserved with their curiosity and potential questions. They seem to not be as forthcoming with curious questions despite wanting to ask. In most cases with adults it takes an awkward moment turned good to open their hearts. When this happens the laughter can flow like a broken down dam. We can all just feel the joy of life just flooding into moment. And when people see and feel I am OK with who I am, it allows them to be OK with who they are. This podcast is about one of those moments.

I traveled a lot as martial artist and Aikido instructor. Traveling to the West Coast for training and seminars was a monthly activity for ten years. Oakland, San Francisco, Reno, Portland and Seattle were my main cities for travel to train in Aikido. After I landed at Sea-Tac Airport on my way to Seattle, Washington I had to take the airport subway to the baggage claim area. We all had to do it. The one-handed moment that unfolded is one of the greatest one-handed moments of my life. It is an experience and memory I will never forget and one I often share as a professional speaker. I also know it had a huge positive impact on the person in the subway whom I was fell upon, the people he was with at the time, and everyone in the subway rail car. We all laughed so hard I thought the subway car was going to derail and explode.

These moments are priceless.

Show Notes:

  • Funny one-handed moments due to timing.
  • The kindness of strangers tested accidentally.
  • Laughter so deep and long our stomachs hurt and we almost could not breathe.


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