In these uncertain times, tire dealer Jackie McGuirt's courage, strength and positive attitude in facing the imposing challenges thrust upon him after being shot by a robber are truly inspirational.
Instead of being bitter at the man who left him with no feeling or movement in his lower extremities, he bears no malice toward his attacker.
Profiled in the last issue of Tire Business, Mr. McGuirt said he draws strength from his Christian beliefs, which also are helping him cope with his injuries.
It's a harsh reality that an irrational act by someone can rob a person of his or her quality of life and, in the case of Mr. McGuirt, a business as well. With no one to manage McGuirt Tire & Service in Ridgeway, S.C., Mr. McGuirt was forced to sell the one-location dealership.
He and his struggling family are using the proceeds to pay for his medical expenses. And friends, stirred by his character and faith, are raising funds on his behalf as well.
This past year has been difficult for everyone in the U.S. following the events of Sept. 11. The emotional toll of the terrorist attacks-and the aftermath of fear they've produced-have shaken many people's sense of security and have made them unsure about the future.
Although Mr. McGuirt has suffered so much, he is valiantly demonstrating that faith and a positive outlook are more powerful than a horrific act.
His 19-year-old attacker may have broken Mr. McGuirt's body but not his spirit, and he remains hopeful about his future and grateful for what he still has.
We wish him well on his recovery.