Many moons ago, when my now 23 year old son was little, I wrote him a children’s story titled Meadow Adventure. It grew from a drawing he did of a bunny sitting at the top of a hill, looking at a sunset. It tells a story of survival and compassion through a chance encounter between an aged bunny, a young fox and its mother. That story (and many other finished pieces) has sat for years, waiting for me to find the courage to send any of them out for publication.
It doesn’t matter really why I haven’t done it, whether it’s fear of rejection, lack of confidence in my writing ability, or a busy life where I didn’t make time for my writing on a regular basis. I thought of it often and even occasionally researched some possible markets, yet never took the chance and initiative to do it with this particular story, even though deep down I have faith that it’s a good piece.
Then, June 7th my oldest brother Craig, who is 61 and 11 years older than me, had his third heart attack and emergency triple bypass. I love and respect him more than I can say, however I thought that the opportunity to learn “life lessons” from him were past. His philosophy on life, his point of view and his “live for the moment” are all lessons I hold dear, but hold no surprise for me anymore.
Leaving his privacy intact, I will just say that events and complications on the day of the heart attack and surgery as well as previous health issues make his current status of recovery nothing less than remarkable. He is a medical marvel!
So eight days into his medical ordeal, and just one day after coming off the respirator, he looked at me and said his new motto was… “Make a goal and exceed it.” Wow.
There’s a LOT to come back from after a health event like he’s had. Each day, sometimes several times a day, there is a new hurdle to be faced and overcome. And he’s continued to do that. Goal set. Goal met. Goal exceeded. And without a doubt, that same drive and determination that had him live such a hard 61 years will serve him well in sustaining his new motto.