Chad's Chatters

Dream Big – Think Small – Win Big

As you look at your life today, are you where you want to be?  Do you think you should have been there long ago?  What is holding you back?  What has you paralyzed?   Do you have a goal or a dream that you believe is impossible?  Perhaps you feel you are not worthy of it.

Jan 31, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 1 Comment

There Are No Shortcuts In Safety

When you think about it, we have all taken shortcuts at one time or another.  Many of us have crossed the street between intersections instead of using the crosswalk or jumped a fence rather than going through the gate.  In many cases, however, shortcuts can involve danger. Whether at work or at home, if you

Jan 25, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Seeing Me as Me

Generally, even well-meaning people who interact with folks dealing with disabilities, tend to speak to us kindly, but not as they would “normal” people. It should be obvious that everyone has some sort of disability; many wear glasses, hearing aids or have other sensory challenges. Some are more dexterous than others. Some are as graceful

Jan 24, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

United as a Team

Just a few weeks ago, a blaze swept through a Zinc Mine in New Market, Tennessee, trapping three miners.  Thanks to the amazing efforts from the Volunteer Fire Department, the trio was rescued.  This required teamwork.   For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life, whether it’s at home, in the community,

Jan 18, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

“The Wind Beneath My Wings”

“Look Dad, you’re flying!” Those wonderful words spoken by my three-year-old son, Christian, while I struggled to regain my balance, inspired the theme of my speaking business: “Who needs legs, when you have wings?” Flights of fancy, I believe, are as important as real flight. Of course, I will never really fly. That’s impossible. Or

Jan 17, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 2 Comments

A Wonderful Life

Many people contributed to the “fairly wonderful” life I enjoy today; emergency medical teams, doctors, rehab professionals, family, friends… The examples of determination and perseverance in particular of Art Berg and Christopher Reeve have encouraged me each and every day. I knew Art Berg personally; Christopher Reeve I did not. However, I consider them both

Jan 16, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Or So I Thought

I believe we are sent here to make a difference – I always felt it.  Now I know it.  We are given essential tools and talents.  It is our job to make something of what we have.  And what do we have? We have this:  eyes to see; ears to hear; a brain to think;

Jan 13, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Safe Driving Saves Lives

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous conditions and unforeseen dangers.  A slick highway road can easily lead to a tragic accident due to hydroplaning. Of all dangerous weather conditions to drive in, wet pavement accounts for 5,500 yearly deaths. Just a week ago, there was

Jan 11, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

The Call To Courage

Scotland’s Olympic champion runner Eric Liddell from “Chariots of Fire” was once asked this: “Where does the power come from to see the race to its end?” His response was to say: “From within.” The call to courage comes differently to each of us. However, what it requires is always the same. It requires everything.

Jan 10, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 2 Comments

Driving Distraction

Society is becoming more and more aware of the dangers of texting while driving.  Not only is text messaging one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents; it’s one of the fastest growing distractions while driving.  The National Safety Council has urged several state and federal lawmakers to ban the use of cell phones and

Jan 04, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments
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