On August 30, 2012 I suffered a seizure that sent me down a flight of stairs and began a new chapter in my life. For the rest of the year I dealt with multiple seizures and the recovery process, which included three weeks in a medically-induced coma and serious medication to stop the seizures. Many people, including many doctors, have feared that my life was hanging by a thread and might soon be over. One morning in November I woke up to write the following poem which will form the basis for a new book by the same name, playing on just what a seizure might mean. Be grateful, thoughtful, and blessed.
Seized by Life
Recovering Wholeness One Day at a Time
•2012 Bob Tschannen-Moran
There is a certain shakiness to life
that we all too often pretend
We go through our days
with a routine of meaningfulness
that hides the true
fragility of it all.
Until something grabs us and
shakes us and
wakes us up with a jolt;
that brings us close to the edge of death itself.
That’s when we find ourselves
seized by life.
That’s when we rouse our silent heart
to beat again;
as if to say, “It’s time to love, and to laugh,
and to learn what life has to share
with us all.”
There is a certain cadence that calls us
to become who we are.
There is a certain rhythm that calls us
to be who we might become:
The full flowering of a random seed
planted in a womb of wonder,
filled with grace and pleasure.
To give life one more chance
to be all that it might be.
To cry out with a
startled voice of awakening.
To fly with the
soaring wings of an eagle.
To rest comfortably in
the warm and tender arms of it All.
Coaching Inquiries: What things are you pretending to ignore? What is calling out for your attention? How could you be more loving, fun, and interested in all that life has to offer? What might be different about life if you were “resting comfortably in the warm and tender arms of it All”?
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC
LifeTrek Coaching International
121 Will Scarlet Lane
Williamsburg, VA 23185-5043