Perspective is Everything

 Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability. Ho Chi Minh

I had the opportunity this week to spend time with my fellow contributors. I cannot express how much I took away from those two days. I am living with Multiple Sclerosis, while they are truly living life to the fullest after life altering accidents; accidents that took away their ability to walk. I had the pleasure of visiting with five year old Maddie Kate who has Spina Bifida. As she rolled around in her tricked out wheel chair, introducing herself to everyone she met, she was exuding pure joy! Blink your eyes. That is how quickly your life can change. This is where the human spirit is put to the test and you find out what you are really made of.

When you find yourself at a crossroad in life and have lost control over some things, you still have the power to choose which road you will travel. Will you spend your journey traveling down a road that dead ends into a life mourning all that you have lost? Or will you embrace the things that remain and use your abilities to the greatest potential, sifting through the ashes to find beauty?

I was surrounded, for two days, by those that chose the latter road. I find myself blessed, encouraged, and inspired to live out my days using the gifts that I have been given to make a difference in my life and, hopefully, the lives of others. I have always stayed very close to the side walk but I feel inspired to take some chances and not only live, but live fully! I feel through their confidence, I found confidence. Through their openness and transparency, I allowed myself to be more open and transparent. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to walk beside some wonderful people that are “rolling” through live with a beautiful perspective.

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. Bernard Williams


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