Over the past two weeks, I have been reminded a hundred times over that when we are not at our best, it seems that others are at their best and that has made all the difference in my recovery from an embolic stroke that injured the right temporal region of my brain on 25 August. This experience has been simultaneously one of the most humbling, and remarkably, the most uplifting of my life. Essentially, having to give up total control of my life to the kindness of others has revealed what was no doubt a very unhealthy lack of faith in the goodness of people in what had truly been a solitary life as an island up to this point. Not being able to do whatever I want, when I want to, which includes driving, working, running and splitting wood or other tasks has brought me much closer to my friends and family in my appreciation for their generosity and willingness to rescue the boys and I. The fact that this happened the same week as a move to a new house and the boys to a new school system notwithstanding, was a pretty big deal and would never have worked if platoons of fellow soldiers, friends and family had not arrived with willing hands to lift and move, say nothing of the plates and dishes of food that new neighbors have dropped off.
I especially wanted to share with you the wisdom of a personal hero that has been particularly valuable to me and my resilience…Jeremy Libby knows a thing or two about overcoming challenges in life and he shared the following with me a few days ago, and when I am feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, I go back and re-read it…I hope you too, will find inspiration in his gente assurance….Jeremy wrote, “You’ll find–if you haven’t already–that recovery begins with a choice, with a conscious decision to carry on, no matter the severity of hardship or intractability of adversity. When that decision is made, a thousand hands emerge from the darkness to lift you up and set you back on your path. And we may not overcome every obstacle, we may not be able to make our bodies whole again, but we can spite the devil and endure.” Truth and motivation that has turned what could have been a tragedy into a Stroke of Luck….thank you my friend. I am a mere shadow of the man that you are and will aspire to carry this message to others as you have generously done for me.
God bless you OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow!