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An Empathy Boost and Reminder


628x471Way back when, I started this blog with a post about an inspirational young man named Ryan, whose story I watched on Extreme Weight Loss.  In a nutshell, he was in an accident and lost an arm. He lost confidence, gained weight, and ended up working with Chris Powell on the show to get healthy and fit. It’s a great, uplifting story.

The take away for me was if he can do it, so can I. Great message, but I still haven’t done it. Then again I don’t exactly have Chris Powell as my roommate, but that’s another post for another day (or maybe not).

Fast forward to my recent vacation in Hawai’i. On our cruise there was a couple that we bumped into several times. They were at least a decade older than me, and they got married in Maui on the second day of the cruise. They were a friendly, outgoing couple clearly in love with life. They did have to do some things a little differently though, because, as he said, in a match of motorcycle vs. semi, the motorcycle seldom wins. One of his legs was prosthetic and the other was horribly damaged. It was clear where large areas of tissue had been removed. Hawai’i is warm this time of year, and, like most everyone else, this gentleman wore shorts.

We went on several excursions and these folks were there with us. He used a scooter for long distances, but could walk short distances and up and down the steps of busses and vans. Yes, it took a little longer, and I imagine that there was a fair amount of frustration and even pain involved to get and out of vehicles and around to different sights, but there was always a smile and a joke.

I think the universe is trying to remind me. I saw it before. I got the message. I just haven’t acted on it. I have all my parts in reasonably good working order. These men that I admire do not. Do they let that stop them from being active and achieving goals? No. I shouldn’t either. Thanks, universe, I needed that reminder.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

15 thoughts on “An Empathy Boost and Reminder

  1. Great post, many thanks. I think that’s a very good reminder.

  2. Great reminder to start believing that we can do it! I’m right there with you! 🙂

  3. I love this post– isn’t it funny how the universe so often presents us with exactly what we need to see.

  4. What a great post! I’ll use your post as my reminder. I have such a hard time putting the good nutrition to feed my body and the exercise together. It’s a work in progress.

  5. An excellent reminder, especially as this is the time of year when people set goals and then let them fall off of the radar for one reason or another. I take all of my working body parts for granted and only remember how lucky I am when one of them acts up … no excuses and from now on, it’s all about gratitude. Thanks for this; I needed it.

  6. Reblogged this on Living Life Day by Day and commented:
    If you haven’t thought recently about all of the reasons why you should be grateful for working or existing limbs, maybe now is the time.

  7. I’m still here, I swear! I depend on seeing your posts and sometimes they’re not in my Facebook feed. Then, after a few days I think, “Haven’t seen anything of Heidi’s for awhile” and I go looking for you!

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