I was on vacation on the Oregon coast in my r.v. at a r.v. park right on the ocean.
When a guy pulled into the park. And got out of his rig. And immediately I could see that he was concealing great pain. But with a big smile on his face. We meet and I saw the way he limped, couldn't move his neck, a back brace, and standing rigid.
We introduced ourselves and I said "not you too" and told him of my back problems. Briefly of course. I've learned not to say too much. I asked what happened. He said he was in a motorcycle accident and shouldn't be alive. He said he broke his leg, witch was held together with pins and broke his neck 3 crushed vertebrae fused, and had 2 bulging lumbar disks.
To look at this man was hard to do the way he held himself, walked, stood, and lack of movement in his neck.
You could see the pain. But not in his face. And not in his eyes. Just a big broad smile that made me feel envious.
Over the next few days I saw this guy several times. Each time I saw him. I greeted him with "how are you doin'" He always said GREAT, or couldn't be better, or some other reply to let you know he was loving life. And enjoying his day.
Every day since then I've thought of that man. And wished I could be like him. And have been making a strong effort to do just that.
It is strange how two different people with similar injuries can look at life in such different ways.
I'll never forget that man! :?
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Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!