Recently a friend of mine forwarded some photos and a story about a dog that was born with only his two hind legs. The dog's own mother wouldn't nurture him, and apparently his owner thought he might not survive and considered putting him down.
Then a woman named Jude Stringfellow fell in love with the dog and adopted him. She called him "Faith."
As the puppy grew up, Jude taught him to stand on his two hind legs and eventually trained him to walk like a human.
Now she takes Faith to groups to amaze them and share her message of optimism. She's written a book called Faith Walks and has an official Faith the Dog website.
Do you have problems or disappointments in your life? Physical infirmities? I know I do. Who doesn't?
But if a puppy with only two legs can respond to encouragement and persist to learn to walk upright like a human, then I can exercise my own faith, optimism and perseverance to overcome anything that might try to hold me back.
And you can, too.
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2012. Building Personal Strength .