I never thought I would need one of these.
This picture was taken riding my new four wheel scooter on the local Fernleigh Track.
It’s the first time I have returned to the track since being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (referred to as MND, or ALS). I used to run along here all the time, but because of the muscle waste in my feet and calves, I can no longer do that.
To tell you the truth, I would much rather be running: the pace, the clear mind, and the sense of accomplishment. Not being able to run is one type of loss, an unexpected change and disappointment, but I know that many of my readers face their own set of challenges.
For all of us, we have choices to make about our current state of mind, whether we allow challenges to completely derail us or whether we get back on track. Personally, I don’t want to get stuck in a place of sadness or regret for the things I can no longer do. Instead, I want to rest in a place of thanksgiving for the things I can.
In life, we decide whether to live in the memory of abilities or opportunities lost, or in the moment of new experiences to be found. We either waste our time carrying the burden of what we don’t have or we win today’s battle with the joy of what we do have.
Maybe in your yesterday, you were married, but today’s reality is that you are divorced or widowed. Then don’t let that divorce or death steal your life, start to find new ways of moving on, being you and loving again.
Maybe you are single and waiting to be married, or married and waiting to have children. No matter how challenging it is at times, life is far too short to spend our days wishing things were different, missing out on the wonder of life around us.
Or maybe, like me, you face a progressive disability, or simply the challenge of the normal aging process (that’s all of us!). It’s hard when you find your recovery times are longer and you can’t bounce back like you once did. But do we stop trying or being involved at all just because we’re not as agile or fast as we once were?
I remember hearing from Australia’s most decorated women’s tennis champion, Margaret Court. Just because she is no longer world number one, did she stop playing tennis altogether? No, she still plays. I’m sure she has simply adjusted her game and expectations.
I throw you the challenge today, take your focus off your inability and onto your ability. Consider what you are able to do today that tomorrow you may not be able to and then enjoy doing it.
My scooter rides may not be the same as running but I’m doing what I can do. Besides, on my scooter, I get to enjoy more of my surrounding: the ferns, the beautiful trees, the sounds of bell birds above.
It’s never too late to get back on track.
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August 12, 2014 at 9:05 am
Thanks Tania, really appreciate.
August 8, 2014 at 7:54 am
Phil you are an amazing and courageous man of God. . bless you both. xx
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August 12, 2014 at 9:06 am
Thanks for your kind comments, blessings Kerry to you and your family.
August 8, 2014 at 8:53 am
So, so true Phil. A great reminder to be thankful in all things, live for the moment and find fulfilment in the “now” of life. Thank you for continuing to share your wisdom and life journey.
August 12, 2014 at 9:07 am
Thanks Julie, yes thats the challenge but I believe the more we do this the great experiences of life we will have.
August 8, 2014 at 9:38 am
God has given us everything that pertains to live and Godliness in His word that we may enjoy life and have it in abundance, overflowing!!!!
August 12, 2014 at 9:07 am
Thanks Ian great to be reminded.
August 8, 2014 at 9:54 am
You Mustn’t Quit ‘I press on toward the goal for the prize.’ Philippians 3:14 NIV Paul writes: ‘Forgetting wh
August 12, 2014 at 9:08 am
Hi Graham, thanks for your comment and i hope your doing well. Not long until you live in Newy.
August 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Many blessings I’m always challenged and encouraged by your blogs
August 12, 2014 at 9:09 am
Thank you so much for your encouragement. Have a great day.
August 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm
I got MND when I was 19 I’m 41 now it’s so hard to live with MND but with my family support I deal with it I have one son who is 21 now and a grandchild on the way You words every Friday help me
August 12, 2014 at 9:12 am
Hi Tanya. Yes family are so important and supportive. Congrats on the soon coming grandchild, thats awesome that you have hung in there so long and now you get to enjoy another generation.
August 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm
Such a great reminder to read today when I was just having a conversation with a friend about a book we are both reading entitled, ‘You can love again’. It is really easy to hold on to what might have been or what we thought life would be. Life throws us surprises like it did to you Phil. Thank you for being such an encouragement and really truly an example of a man who follows God. Reading your blogs brings tears to my eyes almost every time. God bless you Phil and Lenore as well.
August 12, 2014 at 9:14 am
Thanks so much for your kind words and the time to respond to the blog. Im so glad the blogs are encouraging. Be blessed Jayne and may the days and years ahead be your very best.
August 9, 2014 at 4:44 am
Amen, Phil! I have to decide to get “back on track” every morning 🙂
August 12, 2014 at 9:15 am
Thanks Bill. Yes its one day at a time, a new start every morning. Blessings!
August 11, 2014 at 8:19 am
fantatastic perspective Phil.. as always. you constant choice to cotinually embrace the new and the now is always challenging & inspiring kick-in-the-pants for me !
August 12, 2014 at 9:17 am
Thanks Donna. I really appreciate you reading and responding to the blog. The new and the now is truly being alive in the moment and although always a challenge, well worth it.
August 13, 2014 at 12:09 am
Thank you Phil, your post made me determined again after a challenging day today.