Michigan Grower a Model of Positive Thinking,
Both In & Out of the Sugarbeet Field
Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change . . . the courage to change the things I can . . . and the wisdom to know the difference.” It’s a great mantra for anyone to live by — and it’s one that Mike McCormack took to heart a long time ago.
The prayer hung on the wall in Room 624 of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich., in the spring of 1985. That’s where the 26-year-old McCormack first faced life as a paraplegic. The young farmer from Sunfield, about 25 miles west of Lansing, had been in a terrible traffic accident, and his life would never be the same.
So how did he react? “I woke up in the hospital a couple days later, and somebody showed me a picture of the truck I had been in. I was like, ‘Wow, I’m the luckiest man in the world to be alive!’ ”
That positive attitude traveled with him to Denver, Colo., where he entered Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital specializing in those with spinal-cord injury or traumatic brain injury. “I’d been wanting to go to Colorado,” McCormack quips in reference to his flatlander’s wish to learn downhill skiing. “Just not on a
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