When I was in college, a guest speaker by the name of Terry Anderson spoke to a gymnasium filled with hundreds of people. Terry Anderson was held captive in Lebanon from 1985-1991, by a group of Hezbollah Shiite terrorists during the Lebanese civil war. Mr. Anderson was one of several hostages held, year after year, much of the time in near total darkness, and was the last American released and the longest held hostage after spending 4,808 days in captivity.
His story of survival was captivating to the gymnasium. Even after several years listening to him speak, I still recall one portion of his story in particular.....
Why did they do this? Survival. Even though their captors had chained their bodies, they could not chain their minds. So, they continued on with life, learning. There were days when they wanted to give up, but they didn’t. They carried on, teaching, learning, and surviving for each other. The ability to learn was a key ingredient in their hope for survival.
We are all given the time and ability to learn, without bounds. Attitude is the only distraction.
- Mr. Sims