Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Journey – Finding the Spirit to Continue On

I have written about the journey several times over the last six years. It would have been interesting if I started this blog while I was in the early days of learning to live with Kennedy’s Disease. I am certain my perspectives have changed dramatically – hopefully for the better.

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Last night while transferring from my chair to the bed, I flashed on how accepting I have become of this evolutionary process I am experiencing. My daily routines are much the same, but they have been modified many times to accommodate my capabilities. When a loss of a capability first happens, there is always some frustration and angst. After the initial, “Oh no, not that too,” follows with a period of experimentation. Can leverage solve the problem? Can a tool or aid help? If none of the experiments work, the next question is can my wife do it?

Someplace in the middle of this process of discovery, I end up asking two questions –
“How important is it?”    
“What if I can’t find a solution?”

Initially, there is often the belief that I’ll never be able to survive without that. I call it the end of the world scenario. This was especially apparent when I could no longer perform the work that I loved. Somehow I survived and life went on. 

Through the forty years of the progression I learned a valuable lesson. My spirit is a lot stronger than I ever imagined. And, if my spirit is willing, I will find a way.

Acceptance allows the spirit to remove most of the stumbling blocks we face. Once they are removed, the spirit finds a way to move on with our lives. There is an old adage that is appropriate. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

There is another one I like from Alexander Volkov. “Your journey never ends. Life has a way of changing things in incredible ways.”

If you believe this, then EMBRACE THE JOURNEY.

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