As many of you know, on August 30, 2012 I had a seizure and fell down a flight of stairs which began a new phase of my life. Since that time, I have had multiple seizures and episodes, coming close to the brink of life and death itself with my heart stopping five times in one 12-hour period, once for 24 seconds. Yet today I am writing Provision #787, with a play on words that will form the title of my next book: Seized by Life. I invite you to come along for the journey.
It’s hard to describe what it’s like to live with a seizure disorder. It’s even harder to describe what it’s like to have hundreds of people reaching out with cards, letters, phone calls, and visits to keep me in the game. Most of all, it’s hard to describe what it’s like to live with a partner – since August 21, 1976 no less – who loves you more than life itself. Without all that love, I would not be alive. And that’s a scary thought.
But here I sit, writing Provision #787, reflecting on the meaning of this all. One thing is clear: it is important for us to take good care of ourselves, starting with regular breaks for rest and recovery. I used to push and push, as a productivity addict. Now I push and rest, push and rest, with a rhythm that I would encourage all of you to emulate.
One way to describe what I have been through is to share with you a poem I have written that will serve as a guiding principle for a book that will emerge with the same name. It captures the essence as well as the promise of this time, which holds as much hope as it does despair, as much wonder as it does bewilderment. Enjoy the poem and let me know what you think. Reader replies will be back next week!
Recovering Wholeness One Day at a Time
©2012 Bob Tschannen-MoranThere 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.
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