Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My sister from another mother was in a bad car accident last night. I'd been worried for her because she was running late. She was supposed to have dinner with us before we left for my TOPS group. I decided I would be late and drive to my Mom's where she had left from to see if I could find her.
She had made it to my apartment complex before things went horribly wrong. It seems as though she blacked out while turning and lost control of her car. She crashed through a small tree and ran over several huge landscaping boulders which stopped her from driving into an apartment. When I saw the car I really thought the worst.
I was so relieved to hear her call my name. I took her to the ER to get checked out. She's bruised and sprained, but is otherwise walking away from her mangled car no worse for wear.
Misha is a walking, talking miracle. She was in an accident in college that left her body broken and with a severe head injury. She was in a coma for three months and not expected to live. Defying the odds she lived, talked and walked again. She has trouble with her speech and gait still, but she stays active and although she can't work she volunteers at the Red Cross.
I believe everyone has purpose in life. I think her purpose is to show others adversity can be overcome. Anytime I feel down about my struggles with my weight, pain, arthritis and my hearing loss, I think of her. Adversity has made her stronger and she is blessed with a community of friends who she inspires to take what we're given and run with it.
She reminds me that everyday is a miracle. We tend to dwell on what we don't have or can't do. The things we haven't yet accomplished are often what we think will make us happy. I need to wake up everyday and remember to be thankful for the many blessings I have. I have family and friends that love and support me just the way I am. I have a loving, patient husband and four wonderful, creative and caring children. I live in a time where my hearing can be corrected enough for me to have the freedom to drive. Therapy and lubrication shots have given me easier mobility so that I can enjoy my life.
I have a purpose too. I have been teaching others about what it's like to be hearing impaired. This will benefit not only my children, but many others who will need guidance and understanding. Not all people who have a learning disability are intellectually disabled. These people need just as much help. I'm also to be an example of someone who isn't perfect and has many challenges, but rises to meet them rather than rolling over and admitting defeat.
I'm so thankful for my Spark Friends. My struggles are their struggles. People who have never had a weight problem have no concept of what it feels like and the challenges we face every day. When I falter my SP friends and teams are there to help me up. I need to be there to lift them up when they are struggling as well. I must be aware and look for the little miracles in my everyday life, not just the big ones.