I finished this article, The Trial of Jacob Mach, this afternoon from The New York Times Magazine and it is what I needed to read about determination, overcoming challenges and meeting our goals at whatever the cost.
Mr. Mach has entered Atlanta‘s police academy and he is struggling. He was having difficulty in the firearms qualifying test. Officer Crowder was encouraging him at this point by helping him realize he had been through so much more than this in his life. I absolutely love these next two paragraphs and I wanted to share them with you:
“Jacob realized that Officer Crowder had a point. He certainly had overcome more. There was the death of his father, a rebel soldier, in the Sudanese civil war; the bombardment of his village by government tanks and planes; the barefoot trek at age 7, along with thousands of other tiny refugees, to a camp in Ethiopia; the loss of comrades to lions in the bush and crocodiles in the Gilo River; the starvation so severe that he eats leaves and watched friends drink their own urine.
He lost track of his mother for four years after new strife forced the boys to flee on foot back to southern Sudan. At 12, he had to escape the shooting again, this time hiking to the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya, where he managed for 10 years on one meal a day. In 2001, after the United States granted refugee status to nearly 4,000 people who had been christened the Lost Boys of Sudan, Jacob was deposited in a drab apartment in Clarkston, Ga., just outside Atlanta. He arrived at age 21 with one change of clothes and a three-month guarantee of government support. There he confronted an alien world of flush toilets and microwave ovens, of impenetrable job applications and accents barely recognizable as English.”
Mr. Sack has done a remarkable job in telling this young man’s story and I give this a five star rating as a must read about the American Dream. I love this last quote from Jacob in the article:
“You know,” Jacob observed, “American dream is a continuous process.”