“Maybe there is a purpose to this struggle,” I say, offhanded, to a visiting friend.
We have just made our way to the edge of the falls, the trek difficult for me today, as my legs are not cooperating. I’m hanging onto her arm for balance.
I’d been telling her about another visit I’d had, the day before. An old friend drove up in a red sports car, her perfectly tanned complexion complimented by white blonde hair, her clothes the latest fashion. She’d been in the area to pick up something for the house – a must have for her decor.
“She’s a kind-hearted soul, would do anything for you, but just can’t find happiness,” I explained.
“I’ve seen your work on-line,” the woman had gushed. “I wish I could find a passion like that.”
I was dumbfounded in the moment by her remark, the obvious differences between her healthy, “able” life, and my chronic battle. But here at the riverside, my arm linked with another, I had a sudden revelation. I do still have something to offer.
Recovery, isn’t about the cure; it’s about the shift in perspective – the ability to find purpose in the midst of struggle, and the willingness to ride out the challenge. It has a lot to do with attitude.
“…and I’ve always had plenty of attitude”, we both laugh, as I pause to snap a few photos.
I don’t have the physical ability to rock the world, nor the energy to make a difference in the ways I used to, but I still have a medium.
Happy to say, I am recovering.
Our focus this week, after a short hiatus, has been “recovery”. It is nice to be back amongst the creative and inspiring community that takes part in my humble challenges.
Proscenium who always makes me laugh
Sealing Wax Notes who, no matter what her incarnation, spurs me on with her humour, intellect, and formidable faith
one letter UP whose stories are like lost treasures found
Stuff and what if… a kindred soul whose words and images always touch me deeply
AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY whose kindness and faith I treasure
Sgeoil whose creativity inspires me to reach higher.
There are others who are absent from this list but whose presence in my blog life are special to me.
I’ll be back again tomorrow with a new challenge. Hope you’ll join me.