NICK DENNEN 23
On September 27, 1998
Nick Dennen was a normal twenty-year-old college athlete. When he fell thirty-five feet into a creek, he sustained a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for several weeks. Doctors told his family that death was probably near, and if he did survive, a full recovery would be impossible. Despite those opinions, Nick did relearn to walk and talk again after a two-year recovery that tested his family’s fortitude.
The retelling of Nick's brave recovery brings the realization that crises don’t happen to individuals, they happen to everyone who loves that individual. Crises challenge faith. But within a crisis, love brings hope. And through love and hope, one can see that possibilities are everywhere.
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The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
©Kent M. Keith
23 was my UMD Bulldog jersey number...
Chester Creek is 1 of 23 creek ravines flowing through the city of Duluth, Minnesota.
The time of radio dispatch that water rescue was necessary was 2:30 am
Dr. Seuss was rejected by 23 publishers
when he first tried to get his stories to the world.
The 24th publisher sold six million copies and made him a legend. Dr. Seuss' perseverance was his destiny.
The book of Psalms, Job, and Proverbs in the bible all deal with overcoming adversity. Which chapter in each of these books dealt with perseverance, heart, and possibility? 23.
Kyle Maynard, suffering from congenital amputation,
finished his senior year of high school with a wrestling record of 23 wins. Maynard became the world's strongest teen by bench pressing his
weight 23 times. Read his book, No Excuses, and learn what it takes to realize that difficulties are just obstacles to overcome.
And at Abbott Northwestern Hospital,
my room was part of Station 23 of the
Sister Kenny Institute for rehabilitation.
And finally, I scored a 23 when I took
the ACT's during high school.
23 is ME.
Remember, there really are no coincidences.