I read a series of books by Jim Butcher about a wizard who is also a detective. His name is Harry Dresden. My favorite character in this series has always been Michael Carpenter. Michael was a Knight of the Cross, an ancient order dedicated to bearing and using the three Swords of the Cross to defeat evil. he was the most recent bearer of the sword Amoracchius until he was forced to retire after being badly injured while performing some of his heroic acts. (this takes place in the book Small Favors)
I’m writing about a small story Butcher has written called The Warrior, originally published in the anthology Mean Streets, it was re-released in Oct. of 2010 in a book full short stories about Harry Dresden and his cohorts titled Side Jobs.
Last night I re-read The Warrior and I felt like it had so much to say to people who are dealing with a disability. (of course, this story does show how Michael is dealing with his new disability, but it is much more.)
In the forward to this story Butcher talks about “The Law of Unintended Consequences”. He says, “The big important things are built from small and commonplace things, and even our little acts of petty, everyday good and evil have a cumulative effect on our world.” (Pg. 211)
“Our smallest actions and choices matter. They tell us who we are.” (Pg. 211)
He goes on to say, “What seems like a good thing or a bad thing might not be either seen from another point of view.” (Pg. 212)
I feel like I could quote most of this story and it would be relevant to our situation. I tells how knowledge is the best way to conquer fear. How things happen that you don’t want, after all we are just human, we can’t fix everything, we stop all bad things from happening, some things we just have to accept.
In one part of this story Harry Dresden gives a great pep talk to a little girl who feels she can’t do anything right. He tells her she has two choices, she can give up or try. (He even asks if they read Great Expectations in school, and she is amazed that he could make Dickens relevant in her own life. He tells her she could give up like Miss Havisham, or she could get out there and live life and try.) This speech deeply touched me, and if I didn’t think I’d get in trouble I’d print it here for you.
Much of this story reminded me of It’s a Wonderful Life showing how you affect people’s lives by the things you do, when you don’t even know it. In this story, Harry does so many things that he thinks are just little things, but he is shown later that they were just what the person needed to make a huge change.
This is a story full of Faith (yes, with a capital “F”), doing the right thing, trying, showing you how a disability can have a good side, and it I think most importantly it shows that “people have far more power than they realize, if they would only choose to use it.” (Pg. 266 – Jake /Uriel)
We are all warriors. We only need to choose the right path. It’s often very hard. Even Michael is tested in this story, but with a little guidance from a friend, he comes through. Sometimes it may be very hard to try, and sometimes doing the right thing can be very hard, hopefully at those times we will have the right person say the right thing to us. But always try to be careful of what you say to and how you treat someone else, you never know how it may effect them.
Even with a disability you can make a huge difference in the world. One small action at a time.
*As a side note* I thought it very funny in one part of the story Harry thinks, “(I) then fell back on to the floor of my apartment and watched the apartment spin for a while.” (of course, he had just been attacked, but I thought – oh boy, can I relate!)