Nearly there, keep going

We were coming up the drive of Cleve Hotel and Spa the other day and I was again taking note of their signs. “Nearly there,” and “keep going.” Of course they are to encourage you to continue on to the coffee shop, a very worthwhile place to carry on to. But it got me thinking, a very bad habit Pooh bear, as Piglet would say. Life feels a bit like a race, then when you have an accident or illness it’s as if you have tripped over in that race. Lying on the ground you watch the other racers speed by you, even the very slow ones. All those people you passed years ago, or moments ago, hare past you and disappear in the distance. It’s very disheartening and frustrating. You might feel dispirited. Even if you don’t feel you were competing in your life, you probably identify that feeling of life passing you by after an accident or illness. That frustrating feeling that you can no longer do or achieve what you once did, your old plans are destroyed.

Lying on the race track of life, looking at legs that no longer work as they once did, you can struggle. For some you might be able to stand and hobble along a bit, for others aids enable some progress. But the race seems un winnable. It’s all extremely frustrating and difficult to cope with.

Then you notice the signs all along the side of the race track of life, signs that read “nearly there.” and “Keep going.” But how can that be? The winning line is a long way off, everyone else has left you for dust. There is no way to reach the end. Then you realise the answer, it involves a paradigm shift in your point of view. Your winning post has moved. You don’t have to chase the crowd. You don’t need to follow your old path. Every step is now a win, every move you make is a victory. Each time you achieve something you have beaten the odds. With every new day that you get up and face the massive obstacles now in your path, you are a winner. The obstacles that just living put in your path make the very act of living a victory.

So this is my encouragement to us all. Keep going, not to your old goal, not to where you were going. Just keep going. You are not only nearly there, every time you struggle forward you arrive; you win, you are a winner. Well done, take courage.

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Author: Mike Nevin

I decided to write about the funny side of being cared for. I am a full time wheelchair user with daily carers. It's my experiences with my carers that inspired this blog.

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