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The Evolution Of A Congresswoman - June 12, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today I saw the long-awaited pictures, finally published, of Gabrielle Giffords. I have been waiting expectantly since first hearing of the awful shooting back in January, when we would be able to catch a glimpse of how her recovery was progressing. In five-months' time her progress is nothing short of miraculous. Her hair is shorter, probably growing back in after it was shaved for the surgeries she needed. Except for a small, hardly noticeable depression along her left temple, and her tracheotomy scar, you would never guess that she was so close to death back in January.

But what struck me the most about the pictures was her smile, and the unmistakable brightness of her eyes. Her face was positively radiant. Before January, I honestly had never heard of her. Since January, I have followed her progress quite closely. Her determination, her spirit, her drive, her dedication to the task that was put before her shows an amazing capacity of will. Even her doctors have said that she has defied the odds, that her recovery has amazed even the most seasoned amongst them.

And here I sit. Trying to lose weight. Trying to fashion a better life. So much of what we are trying to do here is so under our control, bound by our will, if we would only allow it to happen. I am so humbled today by this middle-aged congresswoman, who has taken on a herculean task to recover from such devastation, and still with a long road ahead of her.

In the larger scheme of things, I have to ask myself, why is this weight loss thing, so hard then? Why is there such an internal struggle to capture the essence of what I need to do, to harness this untamed beast once and for all? In my own mind, it does not measure the struggles of others I see around me. And I'm not referring to weight loss.

I think that for myself, I have to rededicate myself daily to the boundaries of that one day. And if each day is planned well, the rest should follow.

At least that is my hope for tomorrow. What do you have planned for tomorrow's success?
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  • NUMD97
    You are absolutely correct: I like your word for it, luminosity. She still has a very long way to go. But she is quite remarkable. Makes the whole weight loss thing kind of dull by comparison, don't you think?
    3141 days ago
    I had the same reaction to her new photos... she looks lovely. Radiant. She has a luminoscity or a glow or something. Whatever it is, she looks wonderful, and it gave me hope that she would get better. Really better.

    3141 days ago
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