My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Important Things to Remember

Tonight we were off on a bike ride this evening ... in our new jerzees for the MS150 ride on Saturday.  Planned to do our 25-mile ride when 5 1/2 miles in our ride heard a loud pop & had a flat tire.  Adam, our son-in-law, picked us up.  Thank you!  We were talking about how disappointed we were in not getting to go on our ride!  Then, we reflected on the people we were able to interact with as we waited for him to pick us up.  Someone we had rode a 200 mile ride with a few years ago!  It was cool to see him again and a nice positive of the bike breaking down.  Steve was able to give another group a little help with a bike.  I was reflecting on the word disappointed.  I  came upon this quote by Mr. Rogers.  Now I was a Mr. Rogers fan early on.  I remember watching him as a little girl and then later with kids when I was babysitting.  I liked how he sat down and talked about feelings and important things to think about - tonight was no exception :).  

“Part of the problem with the word 'disabilities' is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can't feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren't able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.” 
― Fred RogersThe World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things To Remember

A little bit of disappointment for a ride not finished ... a lot of gratitude for all the LOVE and JOY in my life.  


GOOSE said...

That Mr. Roger was a wise wise man.

Alanna said...

Becky, My name is Alanna and I was just diagnosed with stargardts disease. I have 4 children and am terrified of my future right now. The counselor at the Moran gave me your blog address. You are truly an inspiration to me. I hope I can get past this overwhelming fear as I move forward. Thanks for setting an example to all of us just starting down this road.

Anonymous said...

Great attitude. The quote really stays with me, that is one to think about.

Becky said...

Goose - so agree.
Alanna - I would love to talk with you. Feel free to email me at Cheering you on.
Adventures - Yes I liked it too :).