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TODAY’S STATEMENT OF STRENGTH

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized & cruelly mocked but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” –Michael J Fox

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

I've often admired Michael J. Fox. I loved his acting and think he's a wonderful person. Welcome to Minute with Maxwell today. Hi, I'm John.

Michael J. Fox has an incredible, what I call statement of strength, for you and me. He says, ‘One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it’s surrendered.’ Now Michael J. Fox has Parkinson's disease. I happened to watch an interview a couple of years ago where Michael was on television and you could very obviously see by the movement of his body, that this Parkinson's disease was taking some major control over him. To be honest with you, it was a little difficult to watch. But it was also inspiring because even when he was making awkward movements, his words were so positive, so uplifting, so encouraging that I was mesmerized by this man who is going through great physical difficulty and yet was able to overcome. And so, when he said those words, that our dignity could be assaulted, vandalized, maybe cruelly mocked. I thought to myself, probably that happens to him because his difficulty is quite visual. But it's not what happens to you. The assault and the mocker from the outside. It's what happens in you. And Michael J. Fox has learned something that I'm wanting to learn myself. But I'm wanting to pass it on to you today, also. And here's what he's learned, I'm learning, and I want you to learn. It's not what happens to you. It's what happens in you. Choose. It's your choice. It's my choice. Michael made the choice. Choose not to surrender to the adversity in your life. Thank you, Michael. You inspire all of us.

Thanks for being with me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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