Feeling inspired this evening. Inspired to be a better person, to look past peoples short-comings, to break my negative habits, to help those in need, and basically, just save the world. Today has been very uplifting. We received yet another appropriately fitting, life-affirming message at The Center for Spiritual Living this morning. We used to go there a few years back, but fizzled out of it. During our rough patch a week ago, we decided to visit again. And of course, we received just what we needed to hear. The same with this week. They spoke about taking charge of your habitual negative thought patterns in order to better your life. I won’t go deep into it, but we left feeling recharged and ready to take on this coming week. We were even joined by our friend Sue, a teacher at Nicks old High School. All her kids, from six different math classes, made Nick a Get Well card and filled it with kind and loving words. Many have found inspiration from his story. They want him to visit, so we’ll be heading down there this week at some point for a chance to meet and thank all these amazing kids. I can’t wait!
Tonight we were invited to an awards dinner with an organization called PossAbilities. Nicks therapist John from Ballard Rehab hospital invited us. Not only was it wonderful to catch up with John and meet his wife, but there was free food. Everyone loves free food! There were several hundred people there, enjoying this special evening in a beautifully decorated convention center hall. Many disabled athletes received scholarship money for equipment and education. PossAbilities awarded $73,000 in grants and scholarships tonight, and handed out many awards. They had a guest musician from Canada named Justin Hines who suffers from Larsen syndrome. Yeah I don’t really know what that is either, but I know it affects his joints, and he has been disabled from birth. He is very talented, has a great singing voice and inspires the audience between songs by talking about life. I loved when he was talking about seeing people for their abilities, rather than their disabilities. He does not physically look normal, but in his life, with his friends and colleagues, he is normal. He doesn’t allow them to see him for his disability. I also loved to see someone who was not dealt a fair hand in life find a true passion and follow it. I know dozens of privileged, able-bodied people who don’t live with even a fraction of the passion that man showed us tonight.
Today was supposed to be Nicks “rest day”, and technically he did rest due to the absence of working out. But I think he set the record for sitting up in his wheelchair for the longest amount of time. He sat up for a total of over seven hours. That’s seven hours between this morning and this evening. Such a huge improvement from a few months ago. We are so happy. It feels good to feel good!