Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Life Without Limitations

On Sunday I did a 5 Mile Race in Central Park. It was for Achilles International.


I first learned about Achilles, when my brother decided to run a race with them a couple years ago. My brother is an amputee who lost his leg to cancer in 2003.  There was a time when I didn't know if he would ever walk let alone RUN again.  But he did not let the cancer define him, he did not stop being the active, inspiring man he always was. He has since inspired many people in my family to start running, including me. It feels sort of lame not being active, when your brother who is an amputee is out running races - talk about motivation.  

On Sunday, while my brother was running the race for his 3rd time, my sister & I volunteered to help out another participant.  Did you know that blind people run races? Did you know that 5 year old kids with prosthetic legs run races? Did you know that people who have no muscle use in their legs can run races by using their arms in special carts?

We helped a girl who is 23 and has a disease that causes her muscles to deteriorate. She has to be in a motorized wheelchair everyday of her life.  She was able to do the race by sitting in a special chair that operates by her pumping the wheels with her arms - it's called a Hand-cycle. She has to pump the wheels to get up all the hills, but then can zoom down the hills as fast as the wheels will go. She gets to fly - she speeds past all of the runners as she goes down the hills - & is free as a bird.


We helped guide her up the hills & encouraged her all the way. She never gave up, even when the hills were long & the pace was slow from her tired arms. She kept going & going & going. Every time runners would pass by they would cheer her on & shout out her name. 

We finally made it to the finish line & there were hundreds of people waiting. Runners who had finished, people off the street who came to watch, family & friends supporting their runners - all there at the finish cheering & clapping, pushing us to keep going & to cross the finish line. It was an unforgettable moment. The emotion I felt was overwhelming - seeing this young woman give all she can to keep going, seeing how supportive people can be - like we are all in this together, was truly incredible. It was humanity at its finest: Selfless, encouraging, full of love, and this girl so full of strength... in a word it was Beautiful.

How can I be inactive, when some people would do ANYTHING to have a fully working body? How can I complain about trivial problems when I have SO much going for me in my life? How can I go one day without thanking God for my health?

Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I forget how blessed I am to have my health. My own brother needs a prosthetic leg to walk & I still forget. I forget how much he endures, because he has so much strength & so much appreciation for his life. He doesn't sit on the sidelines & say "poor me". He doesn't complain. He doesn't stop living his life.

He & many others like him..live life with hope & without limitations.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

**The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket**





"Each one of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it is empty, we feel awful. 


Each of us has an invisible dipper. When we use that dipper to fill other people's buckets ~ by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions ~ we also fill our own bucket. But when we use that dipper to dip from others' buckets ~ by doing or saying things that decrease their positive emotions ~ we diminish ourselves. 


Like the cup that runneth over, a full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy. Every drop in that bucket makes is stronger and more optimistic. But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. That's why every time someone dips from our bucket, it hurts us. 

So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another's buckets, or we can dip from them. It's an important choice ~ one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness."

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

M.O.H.

I finally got around to asking my SISTER/Bestie4Life to me my Maid of Honor!!

She knew it was coming - but I wanted to make it semi-special when I asked her so it took me a lil time.  Now that we have decided to wait until May 2011 for the wedding & have found the place we Hope will be the venue..I have more time to start breathing focusing on the fun things..like asking Maria to be my MOH.

So I made her a photo-book to document our life together as sisters & now as besties. Believe it or not, she & I were not always this close. Oh yes there were many years of arguing, teasing & tattle-tailing. But luckily, those years are over now & we are as close as Lindsay Lohan and her ankle bracelet!
 
Here are some of my Fave pics from over the years...you're welcome!





I am SO glad she said YES!!! love it.live it.own it. xoxo

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wishing on a Star*

Last night - On the Summer Solstice, I took a walk with 2 of my Besties.

We walked around the reservoir in Central Park at sunset. The weather was perfect, the view was incredible & the company - even better.



Living in the city, we don't get to see many stars.  But as the sky grew darker last night, we got to see quite a few. We think we may have even seen Venus!


We all held hands & looked up at the Stars & simultaneously made a Wish!!! ***

Yes I did feel like I was a 7 year old making a wish with my Besties... & Yes I quite enjoyed it.  That little moment wishing on a star was perhaps the best moment I had all day.