Jan 10 2012

Keep Moving Forward

Hard to believe all that can happen in a year. 

Sometimes you go through something and you think it’s the end of the world, and life will never be the same again…but that can be a good thing. 

I don't know about you, but I don't want to go backwards in life, I don't want things to be the same as they were, I want to press on and move forward to see what else God has in store.  Life is an adventure, I want to be like the "Little Engine that Could." Even if I have to mumble in my head, "I think I can, I think I can"

If you’ve been following Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and her path to recovery after being shot in the head, you can’t help but realize that if Gabby can do it, you can do it too.

Saw on the news last night that she was at a ceremony marking one year of that horrible shooting in Tucson, Arizona.  It wasn’t sad though, it was a triumph of how she has recovered in just a year, she’s had to learn to walk again, and speak again.  It’s a miracle she even survived.

The most moving moment was when her husband, Mark Kelly, helped her raise her paralyzed right hand…he picked it up and placed it on her heart for her, and she recited the Pledge of Allegiance, not mumbling like you used to do at school because it was required…she did it with joy, because she could.

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1/10/2012 11:25:22 AM
Manuela Ptacek United States
Manuela Ptacek
Well said!  I am amazed no one has yet to comment on this.  What a challange Gabby has gone through and I fully understand what she has endured.  Very few people could have survived this kind of gunshot.  I lost a wonderful cousin in the line of duty (San Francisco cop) this way.  He lived for only 8 days.  The politics Gabby supports is not like mine though it is none less horrible what her year has been like.  With the love of her husband and family she has shown what a strong lady she is.  How blessed she is by God!

Being a (now retired) Navy Wife I am so proud of her wonderful Navy husband also.  He is so devoted to her.  She continues to be in our family's prayers!
1/10/2012 11:53:13 AM
Eric United States
Eric
Indeed, push forward. I often wonder about those close loved ones that I miss so much. What if I could go back and change things. What if I could go back and do or say something different than what I did. What if I had been better. But, through those experiences I learned something. I learned appreciation for others. I know how to share with others who have had losses. I have learned compassion. I can look back and see my errors. If I went back in time, I wouldn't have the experience, knowledge and wisdom that was gained from the heartaches and troubles. I now have a different perspective and find a sense of joy in suffering. I know that God will make something good from it. He always does.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV)
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