Leaving It All On The Track
I see patients every day who have had terrible things happen to them. Auto accidents that left them with multiple fractures in both legs and unable to walk for months; work accidents that nearly shatter legs and destroy any hope of walking “normally” again; strokes; heart attacks; amputations; cancer; Parkinson’s that robs muscles of control and the brain of cogent thoughts. And you know what? Not one of them planned for it to happen. Not one scheduled their accident or episode or onset of disease.
Tragedy isn’t something you plan for. Heartache isn’t scheduled on anyone’s calendar.
This gets me thinking from time to time and I have to step back and take inventory of my life, of what’s important, of what I fight and live for. Things can change in an instant. One misjudgment, on lapse in attention, one rogue cell, one determined virus. And everything changes.
It happens, really. I see it every day and deal with the consequences, both physically and emotionally.
I’m currently working on a feature article about author Rick Acker for the April edition of Afictionado and in it you’ll read how the diagnosis of cancer in Rick’s brother served as a wake-up call for him. He says his brother did nothing different after learning he had terminal colon cancer. He was living in God’s will and didn’t need to change anything about his life. He lived with no regrets.
There’s a Matthew West song I love called “The Motions.” Here’s a few lines from the chorus:
I don’t want to spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything
Instead of going through the motions?
Powerful question. Like Rick Acker’s brother I want to live with no regrets. I don’t want to come to the end of my life, or have my life radically altered by some accident or recurrence of my cancer and be left wondering, What if I had given everything?
When I was on the track & field team in high school I ran the 400 meter dash. At the end of the race I was spent, exhausted, and ready to vomit. I had run my best and left everything on the track. I want to do the same with this race of life, leave it all on the track.
Am I strange or do you think about this stuff too?