What Motivates Me

Posted in Motivation by DrMikePosey on April 3, 2010
Why I do what I do…What motivates me?

This is a picture of me (in pajamas) in the hospital from 1975-1976. I was sick…on a terminally ill floor in Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for about a year. Being poked and prodded every day and watching all of my friends on the floor die day after day. One day I’d be playing with them…next day their room would be empty. Everyone on that floor died except for me and Chuckie here. When people wonder why I take chances in life and live life totally to the fullest it’s because I cherish each day I am alive. I saw death. I lived with it. Don’t tell me to settle. I’m not going to rest on my laurels or “settle for less” in life…I’m going to live and enjoy it come what may. Not much in this world is THAT important when you’ve been so close to death. Living, Loving, and being happy in ways that may seem out of the ordinary or unconventional to others is all just truly enjoying this life for what it is in all of its quirky ways. Live and let live is my motto. We all have worth and we all have passions that drive us. Follow your passions and realize what makes you truly happy. Go for it and don’t wait for tomorrow because one never knows if tomorrow will be there! This picture reminds me of how truly blessed and lucky I am.
P.S. Chuckie was mugged and killed when he was 18.

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  1. Tom Slage said,

    Dr. Posey,

    Wow, I’m really touched by your story…what a tragic experience for a young child. Your message rings clear; love life, live it to the fullest and refuse to despise it no matter what happens. To the degree that tragedy can teach us that I suppose it’s a good thing.

    I was also in the Children’s Hospital fighting for my life once, back in 1998. I was 12 and had Meningoencephalitis (a type of meningitis). I reportedly had a 50/50 chance to live…I’m glad I landed in the right side of 50%!

    I remember being in your Franklin University Learning Strategies (PF 301, right?) class that morning on 9/11/2001. Nobody was paying attention to you that day, we were glued to CNN, Drudge Report, and Google News homepages. Actually I don’t even think YOU were paying attention to you…we were all just trying to understand. Terrible. There’s no other word for it. Kinda paradoxically though, the pain of 9/11 was (at least to me) a wake up call to reassert my purpose in life, to reconnect with what’s important. To forget the imagined barriers and LIVE. Nearly nine years later, I still feel that way.

    Remember L3 objectives, Life Long Learning? Recently I’ve been really motivated by the realization that I’m learning, growing, right NOW, as I type this little comment. I won’t be the same when I’m finished. That growth may be infinitely incremental, but it’s still there. Growth. Embrace whatever form it takes, painful or otherwise.

    Thanks for the reminder Dr. Posey.

    Tom Slage


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