8 experience, technical knowledge, an ability to solve problems—he also knew that soldiers with severe injuries seldom return to active duty. They must pass a yearly physical-fitness test, which includes a two-mile run or walk. Franks wasn’t sure he would be able to do that with an artificial leg. After surgery, Franks was overwhelmed with sadness over his loss. However, a weekly baseball game helped him see his situation differently. At those games, he batted but someone else would run the bases for him. Waiting his turn at bat, he watched a teammate slide into third base. “What’s the worst thing that could happen if I tried the same thing?” he asked himself. While at bat, Franks hit the ball into center field. Waving away his runner, he began a painful, stiff-legged jog. He got past first base; and then seeing the outfield throw the ball toward the second baseman, Franks slid headfirst into second. The umpire called “Safe!” and Franks smiled triumphantly. Franks remained in the army, rising in rank to become a four-star general. “Losing a leg has taught me that a limitation is as big or small as you make it,” he says.
“The key is to concentrate on what you have, not what you don’t have.” 4 Look for the Silver Lining The apostle Paul declares: “that all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28). There are two sides to every disappointment. There is despair and hope; there is fear and faith; there is bad and good. Look for the silver lining in any disappointment which comes your way. Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of the best-selling book, When Bad Things Happen To Good People, wrote that book after his son, Aaron, died at 14 of progeria, a rare disorder that causes premature physical deterioration. Looking back upon that painful time in his life, Rabbi Kushner says, “disappointment teaches you something about your strength and acquaints you with your limitations. That’s an important part of maturity. If I had not gone through the experience of my son’s illness and death, I’m sure I would have had a more intellectual, less compassionate approach to other people’s misfortunes. It was a high price to pay, but it has made me a much 9