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Leap into Life

Sunlight streams through the window and dances across Mary-Jo’s golden smile. Its 8:30 am, I wake up to her appointment with a Kinesoligst/ Body Talks specialist. Mom says good morning in a way that would disintegrate any bad dream that I ever had.

After her appointment Kate and I washed her hair and got her prepared for the day. The pain specialist came to see Mary-Jo in the morning. They talked for a long time about the specific types of pain that Mary-Jo is experiencing; nerve pain differs from muscular pain. She isn’t taking any pain medication at this point in time. And doesn’t necessarily agree with tampering with an already injured nervous system. Her philosophy at the moment is; breathe into the pain, which is proving quite effective. She sat upright for the very first time today. Practicing balance and neck ability. Her physiotherapist sat behind her in case she lost her strength. There was no falling over or fainting for this amazing lady. All of the health care workers and specialists are so impressed with her. She has superseded everyone’s expectations. The representative from GF strong (the rehabilitation unit) came today; he is surprised with the amount of progress she has accomplished already. They don’t have a space at GF ready for her yet; partly because they had no idea she would start her recovery so quickly and efficiently. She doesn’t have any movement in her fingers yet, but she is gaining enough wrist movement to be able to scratch her own nose. Her legs still lay in a deep sleep, with no sense of touch or movement. The other day somebody informed me of a rumor that she was walking. In reality this is not true. But let her walk across your dreams, your prayers, and your faith, because all of that will enable the real footsteps. We all take chances, each day. Some of these chances are bigger then others. You never really know the effect until you can look back and reflect. In this situation, along with many others it would be easy for Mary-Jo to regret the chance that she took by skiing, or agreeing to go to the backside that day. But underneath all of that regret, lies the beauty of growth. Remembering that all chances lead to consequence, and that it is in these consequences, we are pushed to become the wiser and stronger. No matter how your decision ends, it always leads to a new beginning. Weather you told someone you loved them, and they couldn’t love you back. You survived an accident that left you broken. Or a huge financial purchase left you without. All of these chances are not failed. They are merely disguised to teach you a greater lesson. Possibly the person you thought you couldn’t live without, was only freeing you to another relationship that has greater opportunity. The accident that broke your body taught you about the soul inside. That money that you lost pushed you to a greater place of self-discipline. Don’t ever stop taking chances. Fear is the one thing that can mask these chances as mistakes. Jump freely into life and trust that the invisible arms of what is meant to be will always catch you. Not only will they catch you, but also they will support you and hold you. Trust yourself, and take chances. If we never suffered the falls from trying to walk, we would all still be crawling.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.