So What Do I Know

I titled a recent Epistle “Knowing”. It talked about how knowing doesn’t mean anyone will listen or that even if they listen that you are understood. But at least you know. So what do I know? What has my life journey shown me that others don’t seem to get?

I attended my first Medicine Wheel workshop last night. In the center of the Wheel is a rock. It represents God by whatever name you call him, and however you understand him. But depending on your journey to the wheel you will be looking at God from a different angle. Now rocks never being a perfect sphere, your viewpoint of the rock is different depending on which direction you came from. Your journey to the Wheel determines your viewpoint. All our journeys are a least a little different.

The handicapped disability thing has been a part of my journey since the day I was born. I see the wheel differently because of that. So what has my journey taught me that many others don’t seem to get? We give up too easy.

If we can’t do it the way we used to, or the way it’s usually done, or the way most people do it, or it seems too hard, we are too quick to assume it’s not an option. I hear people tell me about things that aren’t an option for them who strongly believe what they are saying. They guarantee these things will never happen for them. They quit.

So I hired someone to dig a ditch for me. Things went well for three-quarters of the length of the ditch. The ground became harder. He struggled with it for a while then said, it’s too hard, this isn’t going to work. I wasn’t convinced so I said, “Let me try”. My legs were in the house leaning up against the bedroom wall at the time, so I dropped outa the wheelchair and crawled to the ditch. He handed me the shovel. It was hard. But I tried a few different angles and it began to work. The dirt was still hard but I made the ditch a little wider and deeper so it was easier to work with. I went about four feet, handed the shovel back and said, “I think you can finish it now”. I crawled back to the wheelchair. It got finished. We didn’t quit.

I’m not Superman, Jesus, or even Gandhi, that’s not the point here. Also, this person is not a quitter. He has achieved lofty goals in his life and continues to do so. So just what is the point?

If you decide you can’t do something … it ain’t gonna happen. On the other hand, once you decide you can do something … you’ll find a way.

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5 Responses to “So What Do I Know”

  1. Susan Gregory Says:

    As a former enthusiastic Amway person I was exposed to a lot of visualization and positive thinking vibes. I feel strongly that I have been strengthened by those experiences, and am grateful it was part of my journey. I have fairly recently discovered a potential ‘lazy streak’ in me, in that there are things I’d really rather have someone else do for me. I am also currently recognizing that my ‘desire’ to go do things is at a simmer setting. Both very unhelpful/unhealthy traits.

    Your stories and sharing help me see how narrow my perspective is getting, and that I need (and want) to truly be ALL of who God has called me to be. And that means I need to push myself, and allow wonderful people like you to remind me that it’s time to ‘just do it’.

  2. Michele Torrey Says:

    Thank you, Harry. Wise, as always. Keep digging those ditches.

  3. Kathy Sisson(Boyd) Says:

    Harry, I really enjoy reading your writings; as one with four “hidden disabilities” that we diagnosed long after birth, I can fully appreciate what you continue to share about your own experiences. Keep em’ coming sir. You are brilliant!

  4. cindy Says:

    Not only may we have “physical “challenges there may also be “mental” ones lurking very near ! Life is about learning and teaching and at any given moment you could be touching or being touched by someone with one or the other.

  5. James Moore Says:

    Harry do you have any helpful advice for a twenty three year old male with chronic back pain and the doctors are clueless to the cause?One says fibromyalgia of the spine, the next says no, it can’t be that. The man has no life. Waiting and hoping for someone to help him.

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