At this time, glimpses of progress are floodlights in a big dark unfamiliar room; when they go on everything is illuminated and it can occur with the flick of one switch.
I don’t measure progress exclusively by my body’s physical advancements, but by the whole spectrum of being including: attitude, bowel function (yes, dictated by MJ-A.M.), arm strength, energy level, length of pranyama, and sustained focus. There are also external celebrations of progress which excite my whole team, particularly the girls and me.
Yesterday was another milestone, as everyday is in some unexpected way. First of all I was showered , prepared and out of bed in the record time of fifty minutes. This usually takes about two hours. It may seem funny to consider how much liberation this offers me. Imagine looking out at a beautiful sunny day and not being able to hop out of bed on your own. All this, because of being totally dependant on the timing and proficiency of other people. This is where grace and effectiveness are being tested, and cultivated by my cosmic comedian.
Perhaps the divine saw a need for me to be tested in good measure.
The next great news was that my occupational therapist found me the perfect electric chair and it doesn’t include the death penalty. This is awesome because it means one less detail to figure out AND I can focus more of my resources on other needs, especially a light weight titanium chair, to match my titanium neck plates (another one of MJ’s priceless corny jokes, which have been cropping up more and more lately-A.M.). This great news about a manual chair leads into the next development of driving the manual one myself. This is a huge leap of independence for a person with quadriplegia. As if this weren’t enough progress for one day, the cherry on top of the cake was a personal visit from Rick Hansen. Rick is inspiring and such a down-to-earth person, our conversations were immediately to the heart and reflective of our souls meeting and expressing themselves.
The day ended with a quiet dinner with my two daughters. We all conversed and nibbled on tango tofu, avocados and humus, whilst we expressed the beauty of simple pleasures, and the treasure of being together. (Pass the dressing, please ¨CP.C.)
As the sun set across the sky and highlighted downtown Vancouver, the reflection of light off a building from across the harbour danced across all of the beautiful cards from Nelsonites and others. As the light descends, I draw you all deeply into my heart and reflect that light back to you. Thank you all.
Edited with light humor by Peter Clement and Amanda Fetterly, of course approved and encouraged by Mary-Jo.