Marine teaches valuable lesson


July 18 at 9:26 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

For those of you who happened upon Allie Stevens last week as he was making his way west on Highway 90 pulling a 400-pound rickshaw as part of a 5,000-mile journey from Oceanside, Calif. to Miami, Fla., you may have wondered what this man was doing pulling a colorful cart in the brutal Louisiana heat.

For Stevens, the admirable journey is more than just symbolic. Although he began pulling a cart across the country following the death of his daughter and wife to raise awareness for cancer, it quickly morphed into a spiritual exercise and a journey to the heart of the United States to get to know the people who make our country what it is.

Despite being hospitalized after being struck in the back of the head by a bottle thrown at him by a passing motorist, and more recently rudely refused a room at a local motel due to his race, Stevens reports his journey has largely been a testament to the generosity, graciousness and general wholesomeness of the average person he comes across.

The basic lesson that can be derived from Stevens’ journey – and one that he appears to practice – is that you never know who you are going to meet along the way so why not treat them with as much respect as you possibly can.

In a way, Stevens’ path is similar to the one we are all walking in. We hurt and need help, even though we may not always ask for it, but we also face great exhilaration, enjoyment and the creation of fond memories.

And just like the 400 pounds Stevens is pulling feels so much heavier when he climbs hills, he also gets to descend on the other side and the load, though the weight is the same, does not seem as great. Despite the struggles and having to overcome hard times, Stevens’ story is a great example of being steady and consistent in one’s approach to life.

He is pulling a great load without complaint and shows that you can get through the bad times with a little perseverance and the right attitude.

Every day, in its own way, can be life changing and why not at least try to give it a nudge it toward the better?




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