“One hundred pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope.” Fatsickandnearlydead.com
It’s Friday evening and we’re both tired from a long week and looking forward to some down time to spend together. We began surfing the web in search of a movie that we could download. Neither of us wanted anything heavy or melodramatic.
I spied this interesting title — “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” We hadn’t heard of the movie so knew nothing about it. Jerry commented that it probably wouldn’t be very light-hearted. But for lack of finding another interesting title, we tuned in.
We were greeted by some cute animation followed by a lovely “down-under” accent belonging to a large, middle-aged man. Joe Cross is a very successful entrepreneur from Queensland who has ventured to America to “get healthy.”
“In the mirror he saw a 310 pound man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well-with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind.”
Not only was Joe obese, he also suffered with a debilitating auto-immune disease and “lived” on steroids along with other drugs in an effort to function. Tired of the drugs and the doctors, Joe takes matters into his own hands and decided to give his body a chance to heal itself…through nutrition.
He comes to America and embarks on a 60-day juice fast of vegetables and fruits, three meals a day. Have juicer will travel. With juicer and battery in tow, Joe travels 3000 miles across the fruited-plains sharing his story with all who will listen, encouraging others to join him on the journey.
You also see shrinking Joe along the path. There is less and less of him the longer he pursues his goal. He also chronicles his decrease in medications (monitored by physicians.) Another interesting twist to the movie is when Joe meets Phil. Phil is a 429-pound truck driver who oddly enough suffers from the same debilitating auto-immune disease. When Phil is ready, he too embraces “Joe’s juicing routine.”
The film is excellent, entertaining, and inspiring. And if you haven’t fired up your juicer lately, this will certainly cause you to do so. It did me!
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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
A colleague of mine recently sent me a story that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, or the holidays, but I find it difficult to get out of my mind as a great example of what the true Christmas spirit is all about. It also serves as proof positive that good news travels slow. This story aired over 3 1/2 years ago, but remains timeless. The question I posed for our readers in my title, “Could You Do This?” is one that I believe will challenge you to your very core. I will sadly confess upfront that I don’t think I could.
Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.
But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.
He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.
“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz says.
As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”
The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?’”
Diaz replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.
“You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help,” Diaz says.
Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.
“The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi,” Diaz says. “The kid was like, ‘You know everybody here. Do you own this place?’”
“No, I just eat here a lot,” Diaz says he told the teen. “He says, ‘But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.’”
Diaz replied, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?”
“Yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.
Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. “He just had almost a sad face,” Diaz says.
The teen couldn’t answer Diaz — or he didn’t want to.
When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, “Look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ’cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.”
The teen “didn’t even think about it” and returned the wallet, Diaz says. “I gave him $20 … I figure maybe it’ll help him. I don’t know.”
Diaz says he asked for something in return — the teen’s knife — “and he gave it to me.”
Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.”
“I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”
The above story aired on NPR’s Morning Edition on March 28, 2008. It was produced by Michael Garofalo.
Photo by El Ronzo
Someone I follow closely is Dr. Jim Richards of Impact Ministries. He recently recorded a rather unique audio version of The Christmas Story. We believe it will bless you as it is truly a look at an old, familiar story in a new light. If this impacts you as it did us, we encourage you to forward this to others who might like to hear it as well. Just click the following link:
On another note, I also have a colleague in Australia who sent the following PC greeting. Kinda funny and kinda sad at the same time. Where will all this end?
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all…
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Australia great (not to imply that Australia is necessarily greater than any other country), and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wishee.
This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. “Holiday” is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).
DISCLAIMER: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting the following terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for the wishee, him/herself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of same.
This greeting is void where prohibited by law.
All I can say is balderdash!!! So this is to wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And yes, I said Christmas! Ain’t it grand?
God bless you,
The Coaching Pair, Jerry & Sharon
Photo by Sue Hasker