September 25, 2021
Imagination, Day 26
So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.
― Helen Keller
Nine years ago, this past week, I came home from a stay in Emory hospital. I had a hole in my throat where my vocal cords had been.
I wanted to feel sorry for myself and to mourn over my loss,
But there were so many good things and good people in my life that I just couldn’t be sad for long. It was time to study the situation and learn to cope.
It was a time to ponder.
For about six months, I could not talk at all and I carried a pen and a notebook with me to help me communicate.
At the end of that six months, I was fortunate enough to be able to receive a voice prosthesis that allows me to speak in an almost normal fashion. You can perhaps imagine my joy. It didn’t matter at all to me that I would have to always wear a funny button on my throat. It didn’t bother me at all that I had to push the button in order to talk.
Sometimes well-meaning people will say something like, “I’m so sorry that you have to put up with this.”
“Don’t be sorry,” I reply. “Rejoice with me that I have been able to live nine wonderful years that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”
“Rejoice with me in that the button has become a part of my identity. Rejoice with me that I am alive, strong, and still able to ‘play in the dirt.’”
That’s nine years that I would not have otherwise had. There have been some hard times and some sad times, but the wonderful thing is that I plan to go on for some time yet to come.
Yes, rejoice with me for the things we have and refuse with me to worry about the things that have been denied us.
Power to the positive