Determination: Patrick Bisher
What if you were a child whose parents were told you’d never walk because of a hip condition? Would you be angry because kids teased you? Would you develop a “chip on your shoulder?” Initially, Patrick Bisher felt like a victim. But he discovered the power of determination. Presently, he has written a book called “No Surrender” about his life experiences.
“I became a warrior instead of a victim to my circumstances,” Bisher remembered. “I was able to serve others and serve this nation in the best way that I could.”
Later the soldier endured a parachute accident and required a hip replacement. Still he persevered, overcame his injury, and was later deployed to Iraq.”
Isn’t that a wonderful transformation? Mr. Bisher once felt like a victim, but then he became a member of the elite special forces team called The Navy Seals. During his painful childhood, Patrick was bullied by other kids. Today, he has a message for those bullies:
“Thank you,” he said. “Thank you for giving me to opportunity to find inner strength.”
“I just want everyone to know that they can have a place that they can go to, that they can belong to … you can persevere.”
Bisher received the Army’s commendation medal for his service.
I definitely agree with Patrick that perseverance is the key to success. How do I know? Because I can relate to being bullied. Kids said, “You can’t play games with us. You can’t even walk right.”
If you are teased or bullied for any reason, I hope you persevere and remember each of you is special and unique. There is not another person exactly like you anywhere. I think, in many cases, bullies have low self-esteem and they belittle others to make themselves feel important. Don’t you think that’s sad? My mom said kids who tease were never taught how to behave. It made me feel sad. What about you? I hope you always follow your dreams. You’d be surprised at what could happen.
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