Living Purposefully After Trauma

Trauma and resilience Source: Bart at Flickr, Creative Commons On a recent trip to South Beach, Miami, I was walking along a strip of shops called Lincoln Road. Taking in the energy of those enjoying the weather and music, I came across a fellow in a wheelchair with a sign around his neck that read: “What is the meaning of life? Read my book to find out!” I was intrigued. I had preconceptions about the ability of people with disabilities to enjoy life. I spent the next two days reading what turned out to be a beautifully-written book, Unity in Diversity, and realized he was not only living life well, but he was doing so with wisdom and compassion. In an interview with the Trauma and Mental Health Report, Rodolfo Leon discusses the experience that left him wheelchair-bound. “I was riding my bicycle home from the swimming pool where I swam almost daily, and a car coming from the other direction turned left in front of me and cut me off. I do not remember what happened next, but I fell to the ground hitting my head on the curb of the sidewalk. I was not wearing a helmet, so the impact… Read full this story

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