Ram Das speaks of his stroke as turning his world upside-down, opening him to the fierce grace required to persevere, adapt, let go of all the ego's plan for a predictable future.
Our Spirit gives us redirection that may give birth to courage, a tenacity, a deep compassion we'd never have learned to nurture had our path been easy and our health reliable. We touch others with our own choices when the going gets tough, and familiar ways of serving and learning no longer work.
We can feel self-pity for our change of fortune, or we can accept we cannot go back or reverse all the changes, but our lives are still precious and worthy of all the love and grace we can muster.
(c) Carol Browning 3/17/10