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...Humility is a virtue - Part 1

Friday, December 14, 2007


I had a law professor who astutely advised the legal assistant graduating class of 1985 to always remember that "humility is a virtue" and that adage has served me well all these years later. I am going to write about something I rarely talk in my very first blog because it is what I want to write about the least ... this is my "personal life barometer" -- my indicator of what it is that I need to write about ***first***.

I was in a pretty horrific auto accident in September 1989. A 2 1/2 ton truck decided to make my brand new, right-off-the showroom floor Black RX-7 convertible into an even smaller compact car : ( I was hurt pretty badly and over the years my medical expenses are close to half a million dollars. Back injuries, soft tissue trauma and sadly, treatment for same, is still elusive in many respects. I was in and out of a wheelchair off and on for many of the past 18 years and was told by several doctors that the act of walking, that all of us take for granted, would not be part of my future.

Before my weight loss in 2002, I was heading in the direction of being back in the chair again; of that I am certain. (btw -- I am committed to someday writing about the actual event that precipitated my weight loss ...). Anyway, here I am -- the year is 2007 and I am cruisin' merrily along, feeling pretty good, learning how to eat properly, incorporating exercise in my life -- which began with a humble walk to the mailbox and back --first solo then after several weeks and months, with a tomato sauce can in each hand (for resistance) and then, inclusion of a walk around the cul-de-sac.

At about the 100 lb. weight loss mark, I began doing my 6 day a week run through our neighborhood -- first 1 miles, then 2, then 3 and up to 5 and beyond. When winter arrived, I bought my first treadmill (which begat building a gym in the house -- I swear, I don't do things in a small way, do I??!! ) Which brings me to December 2007 .. (please see Part 2 for conclusion ...)
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  • WESTSLOPERUNNER
    I look forward to getting to read all of your future blogs. Again, you're truly a gifted writer. I'm so sorry for the accident. All of my love goes out to you. You're such a strong, beautiful, and amazing woman to have made it through all of that, without giving up, and to be here today. Life IS a journey. I laughed at your comment regarding "I don't do things in a small way," - it's so true, for so many of us. I guess it's that mentality of "go big or go home." I wish we lived closer - I'd love to have long chats while the kids played!!! Have a beautiful evening (I'm so sorry I didn't notice your blogs earlier - last time I checked, they weren't here).
    4265 days ago
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