“When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.” ~ Albert Einstein
Tonight, a mogul skier broke Canada’s long winter gold drought… he did it by skiing the fastest and by sticking the most complicated jump. When they interviewed him, he said that he’s done it for Canada, but more importantly, he’d done it for his brother.
His brother has cerebral palsy and spends most of his time in a wheel chair. Yet, still he skis and never complains, nor does he let his disability stop him from achieving. Not only does he help his brother to keep things in perspective, but he inspired him to gold.
I once watched a man, his body terribly twisted, a pronounced limp slowing his gait, make his way to the end of an EL platform. His pace was so slow I could easily have traveled the same distance multiple times over…
By the time he reached the end, I was weeping. I was completely overcome by the amazing beauty and tenacity of the human spirit he revealed to me. I carry him with me to this day as a reminder of what is possible if we are determined.
I’m sure if he had known what he inspired, he would have thought I was nuts. He had obviously made peace with the pain he lived with every day. He was doing nothing more than I was- going about his day.
It’s really all about perspective, isn’t it? To me- he was noble… to him- he was just doing his errands.
How much do we take for granted every single day of our lives? We take for granted that our bodies work as they are meant to, that our minds are able to see, comprehend, decipher, connect… we take for granted the amazing fact that any of it works at all – that it truly is miraculous that the sun will rise tomorrow on Life on this small blue planet, in a galaxy far, far away (from somewhere anyway).
If we could just hold the big picture, how small would our problems become? If we could keep a universal perspective, what could we achieve?
How many golds could we win?
“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” ~ Paulo Coelho