The Privilege I'd Overlooked
Thursday, September 16, 2010
One of my Spark friends posted a blog today, and this quote was in it:
"I realized either I can choose to Dread exercise like I have for years or take control of my attitude and choose to find it JOYFUL. I choose JOY !!! Exercising allows me to TAKE CHARGE of my LIFE, my HEALTH, and my response to LIFE."
She talked about choosing to recognize the privilege of exercise...because she has MS and has been completely paralyzed and worked her way back. That struck me like a thunderbolt. I too was wheelchair bound...Literally "bound" --bound to the chair because I was too weak to sit upright on my own strength. I was in Rehab for 3 months. And they told me that I'd never walk again and sent me home in the chair. But I fought hard for MONTHS. The physical therapists came to my house and I busted my tush, refused to even acknowledge the possibility that "they" had been right.
And I did it. I walked. I have residual muscle weakness and drop foot also...same as my friend....But it's not obvious when I move about. Mostly it shows up in the fatigue factor. I get really tired, really quickly....But with the exercise I've been doing , my stamina has been improving.
But back to her quote. YEAH!! She's right...and I've been taking it for granted! I've also been avoiding working out sometimes. But how awesome to have control over my body for the most part now...and to make it move and it goes where I tell it!!! thank you, Lord, for this incredible gift. Help me not to waste it or to take it for granted anymore!