I have been learning alot of new things the last few weeks and I am just here to tell you that it can be done. I never thought it would be possible for me to learn so many new things. But an old mind, if giving enough time and lots of practice, can make it work. I have used all the patience that I carry with me every day, a lot of prayer, and a tremendous amount of persistance. I knew it could be accomplished if I just stayed with it.
This beautiful Autumn day has made me thankful for all that I have been able to accomplish. Not only the publishing of my book, “All the Steps I Have Taken”, but in all that I have managed to do this week. Tomorrow I will be celebrating the life of a dear friend that will no longer “Journery” with me. She will be missed by many. I finished reading my book to some of the residents at the Heather Haus, an assisted living facility in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. I visited with them for four Tuesday mornings. Each time I went I took one of my braces that I wore during my growing up years. They seemed to enjoy our time together. I know I did. I also had the opportunity to have two book signingsand visited with lots of people. My husband and I enjoyed a cup of coffee with two dear friends this morning. We had dinner guest one evening and tonight we will enjoy our grandchildren and many neighberhood children “Trick and Treating”.
How’s your week going? Make it the best it can be. I know I am enjoying mine to the fullest.
Go Above and Beyond or do nothing? It’s your choice.
Dad and me at ST. Mary’s
“I didn’t choose polio. I didn’t choose the crutches, cane, and braces; I chose to thrive.” Thriving is what I did from as early as I can remember. So little I was when polio had a chance to slow me down. I do not remember those days when my parents had to leave me at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. How heart breaking it would have been for my young parents to come to visit me and I didn’t respond to them as my parents. My hospital stays were long and I am very sure the nurses did the best they could to provide the nurturing care that I needed as an infant, but there is nothing like a mother and fathers love.
It has always been, and continues today, that I do the very best I can with any task that I put in place. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. My children dreaded summer when 4-H projects were due for the county fair. They didn’t care so much for the theory that I had about doing their project “right”. But “right” is what won Blue ribbons and a chance to advance to State fair. Many State fair trips were won. Now they look back and realize that “right” is the way to go. The best part is that now it is their choice and not mine.
Mom and me at St. Mary’s Hospital
Now, as an adult, my physical limitations do make a difference in how I finish projects. They are still finished in the proper manner but it takes a lot more time and effort and it is hard for me to realize that I may not get it all done today. The sun will always come out tomorrow and deadlines can be managed by being extremely organized and focused. It is now possible for me to say “NO” on occasion if I think the project will be more difficult than I care to pursue. Whatever handicap polio has left me with; polio will never claim my life or my spirit. My morning jump start with my prayer time and coffee always get off to a running start. “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil. It has no point.” I am going to keep my pencil very sharp.
I know that my family appreciates all that I can do for them. Each day will begin with early morning phone calls from them with things I can do to help make their day more manageable. I always am most happy to be able to help them anyway that I can.
I chose to go above and beyond. What will you choose?
God had a plan for my life from day one, it may not have been what I wanted it to be, but it was his plan and I was going to except it. God uses my life as an inspiration to all I encounter. With my attitude of, “I can do all things through him that strengths me”, I am showing my faith in God. Of course I didn’t realize that I was an inspiration to anyone until I was working in my last dental office. One of my doctors said to me “Do you realize that you are an inspiration to all you are working with?” I never thought of myself as inspiration to anyone.
I was born to young parents who were able to give me all the opportunities I needed to be an inspiration to anyone I would encounter. My parents were so strong and had great courage in those early years when I was sick. I’m not sure how they did it; leaving a small child at a hospital away from family, I’m sure it was harder for them than it was for me.
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I learned to handle the limitations that made it harder for me to navigate through my day. From the beginning of my day when I put on my left leg brace, to the end of the day when I place it in the closet, I have to realize that it will be a fabulous day in spite of wearing that brace. It’s heavy and I carry it around all day but, without it I could not do all that I am accomplishing.
I was blessed with a family of my own and was able to encourage them to be all that they could be. My children are all respectable community minded young people with families of their own. I pray they will all make a difference in the lives of those they will meet.
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Patience has become a very important attribute in making my day a success. Without patience my day would not be as enjoyable as it is with all the activity that I manage to partake in. I am so blessed to be able to do all the things I enjoy and love and can’t wait for the next day to start so I can do it all over again.
“All the Steps I Have Taken,” is a non-fiction novel that has been something I have had on my mind for several years. When you live your entire life with poliomyelitis (polio), you have a somewhat different way of looking at the perspectives in your life. When I retired from a successful career as a dental assistant, I had time to finally put that dream into reality and begin writing my book.
My thought was that there are thousands of people out there that are the same age as me and I needed to get these words of encouragement completed for them. I realized that I’m not getting any younger and neither are the thousands of people that lived with polio before a vaccine was available. I needed to get my words of inspiration in my book out there for people to enjoy and be encouraged by.
My entire life has been made different due to contracting polio at the young age of six months. I never knew any other way of navigating my day. As a young child I was a “happy-go-lucky” kind of child. I always had a smile on my face. I never really noticed that I had to wear braces on my legs to walk and use crutches to help me get around. It was just the way I needed to get where I wanted to be.
As the years went on and my life was enjoyable, I realized that I had done a very good job of piecing a wonderful life together. I have a lot of color in my life just as I do with the quilts that I make. All of the things I was able to accomplish made me realize that I have made a fulfilling life for myself. I have no regrets with anything that I have done. When I see someone else who is struggling with their day to get around it always makes me so grateful that I can do all the things I want to do, it just takes me twice as long to do it.
My journey begins everyday with the same thought; how I can better my life or the life of someone else .It’s a wonderful way to begin each day. My motto is live life to the fullest!