FOH, to your point. About three years ago there was a man in his seventies who used to come in and work like the devil. We got into a conversation one day and it turned out that he too had MS. Punching out the stairmaster and the elliptical gave him more control over his body and allowed him to continue to live a fuller life. He later moved with his wife to South Korea, then Spokane. I loved his energy, enthusiasm, and can-do attitude.

If you are a football movie fan, you may be familiar with Rudy, my favorite sports movie. During a number of scenes, as Rudy tries out for the team and then works his butt off on the practice team, those scholarship athletes four times his size would harangue him about making them look bad. They had the size, athletic prowess and natural ability of which he had nearly none. Ultimately he motivated his teammates to the point that they demanded his participation on the last game of the season, and he was on the field for all of seven seconds. He is the last player Notre Dame carried off the field on their shoulders, back some forty years ago. That says absolutely everything to me about character. I watch that movie in August just as the season begins, and it is a constant reminder to value what we have.

So many of us are outdone and outshone by those limbless athletes who summit huge mountains on their stubs. How humbling it is, to your point, that we who have all our faculties, all our limbs, and are largely disease free, don’t make the most of what we have that so many don’t.Until we lose it, it’s not valuable. It’s assumed. Love your comments and thanks.

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