June 9, 2020
Hitting Gold & Then Some
IT HAS HAD far-reaching effects. But it was, after all, just a thought!
But was it really just that?
Well, it inspired a smile. And that inspired a feeling of hope. Then hope turned to “yes, you can.” And “yes, you can” inspired a feeling of triumph.” That feeling of triumph planted a knowing seed that I could overcome. And that knowing feeling caused my blood to pulsate.
As that pulsating blood pumped to a drumming crescendo, it caused something to rise up inside of me.
So, yes, maybe I should have stood in the middle of my hospital bed and waved my fists around like a kid who’d reached another milestone, but, after all, my first walk to nowhere had just begun its slow transformation to somewhere. The ripple effect led to a place I could never have imagined.
It was like a pebble dropped in a pond, causing a ripple that travels way beyond where it started and reverberates across a great distance and span of time.
As I write this, I remain aware that that ripple is ongoing because, once set in motion, its ability to transform is beyond incredible.
When the thought of a baby climbing on all fours up the stairs of a brownstone entered my mind and moved me to action, I could never have foreseen how far that inspirational thought would take me. I certainly could never have imagined this book would be part of the equation.
That equation involved a change of perspective in ways I could not foresee or anticipate.
For one, it fueled my rehabilitation from the get-go.
And as that fire burned within to get started, I was sure of this: I would not be limiting myself to just being able to get back on my feet so I could take walks and maybe go hiking.
Not after being able to effortlessly propel myself through the air, making one full revolution before striking a heavy bag with a kick! The sky would always continue to be the limit for me.
I was determined to get back to anything and everything I’d done before.
And I did!
So much so that the amazing Dr. Edwin Su, who headed the bionic-like nuts-and-bolts effort that put me back together at New York’s Hospital For Special Surgery, acknowledged his part in the ripple effect, when, after my last follow-up visit a year later, he said, “I feel like I see you every day. I use your pictures in my lectures.”
The thing is, those lectures often reach dozens of overseas medical personnel via closed-circuit television.
That pebble in the pond continues to be instructional on how a ripple in life can have far- reaching effects. For one, it opened my eyes in a special way after my children made their dramatic entry. Yes, with their birth alone, I struck gold.
But then there was the “and then some.” You see, while their entry made me an immensely appreciative parent, at the same time it offered a great vantage point from my capacity as a fitness coach.
It set in motion a unique vision and perspective, born of the fact that I could now harness amazingly valuable information as I watched my children’s physical development.