“The point of the journey is the journey itself, not the results.”
Underneath that quote is another great one by Bernice Johnson-Reagon.
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
I feel that Kennedy’s Disease is a wakeup call for me. I was skating through life and no matter what the challenge, I could overcome it. It just took some effort:
- Setting short and long-term goals
- Combine the goals with patience and practice
- And then keep focused on the prize
Unfortunately, Kennedy’s Disease did not seem to want to cooperate. Initially when I was first began to see some symptoms, I did the most natural thing for me … exercise harder and longer. It worked in the short term, but in the end it did more harm than good.
When that didn’t work, I started practicing Tai Chi. It was great, but Tai Chi could not slow the progression.
After that I tried macrobiotics (my wife was involved with this at the time). It changed me for the better, but the disease still progressed.
Then Qigong was recommended and I dove into that practice. Qigong was the best activity that I have ever engaged in. It changed my life in many ways. Even though it worked wonders and is something I still practice today, the progression continued.
Each activity was entered into with one thought in mind. I was trying to find that elixir that would miraculously change my DNA. In the process of experimenting with these different practices I began to notice a flaw in my thought process. I was trying to change something, because I could not live with the thought that I could not overcome (defeat) this flaw … this mutation … in my body’s makeup.
Most interesting to me was that I took up these practices mainly because I wanted to see a change. Not positive change in general, but rather a change in this DNA defect. In the process, however, my entire life improved in many ways. I was discovering “who I am”.