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Posted at 6:50 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Stories of triumph over adversity

By Diana Vaca, Alexandria

On the day after Christmas, two Post journalists, Dan Morse [“Two lives forever altered on a roadway,” front page] and Eric Prisbell [“Raising each other,” Sports], reminded us about the greatest gift of the season: love.

With coffee in one hand and the newspaper in the other, I was brought to tears reading about the amazing spirit of 12-year-old Luis Jovel Jr., a quadriplegic, and Torrey Smith, who overcame a tough childhood to become a Maryland Terps football star.

Can any of us really understand the abiding love we can possess as humans that enables us to remain humorous and purposeful in the face of overwhelming problems? And how is it that learning about Torrey Smith the child, a.k.a. “the Microwave King” because he had to prepare meals for his younger siblings, can help us older folks grow up and learn so much more about ourselves?

These stories remind us that life can take unbelievable twists — some that can fill us with doubts, anger and fear. However, with love, the enduring human spirit creates perfection even in some of the darkest places that we might find ourselves.

Many of us have experienced the winter blues during this gift-giving season. To all, I say dig deep, and you won’t be far from being inspired.

By Diana Vaca, Alexandria  | December 28, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
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