We met in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2013. He is what I call a “neuroscientist.”
This morning Priya Mendiratta posted, on Facebook, a link to an article about Dr. Barger. Here is a tidbit from it . . .
Nov. 20, 2020 | Steven Barger, PhD, a neuroscience and neurological disease researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care.
If anything happens to my body at my age, of significance, the recuperating time could be lengthy. Those are risky situations, sitting or laying for long periods. Even the mental anguish could have serious effects on the rest of my life.
The trekking poles are an example of adapting. My stability is not what it once was. The poles reduce the chance of a fall.
There are no plans in my life to discontinue foot travel wherever I want to go. But, my steps will be more deliberate and, of course, slower.
“One step at a time” has become a way of life for me. This is a new chapter. I will not allow it to define me as the man that used to walk a lot. Maybe I will even walk more.
Who knows? Maybe someday I will walk across America.
Woke up during the night thinking about some of the regulars that drive to Middle Georgia State University 4 to 5 times a week. The ones on my mind go there to get some exercise. Most of them walk, but a few jog. I was fortunate to be one, a regular, for about 2 years, when Macon was near my home. There’s intrinsic value in building relationships within a community of like minded people. Red Top Mountain State Park is becoming that place for me now.
I gave the best I have this week. Well meaning friends advised me to slow down, give up some stuff. Some of it sounded right. But I prayed about it, waited and pondered. The answer came back, the same as all the other times. “Keep Moving” and “Keep Doing hard stuff”
Mike and the Mechanics performed a song by the name of “The Living Years”
A few of the lyrics:
Every generation Blames the one before And all of their frustrations Come beating on your door
There is a lot of truth in that for a lot of people. It was part of my learning process to realize that I put blame on those before me. But, there came a time that it registered in my mind that I have control over any roadblocks that are on my path. I control how I respond to stuff! I forgave those that I perceived put the roadblocks there and began using my mind to adapt and move forward.
“The Living Years” A beautiful sound and an awesome lesson for me.
The example I showed by my actions was as follows.
Let what I perceive that damaged me, define me.
My advice to me: Get up, get dressed up, get in the game and stop placing blame. Adapt to the changing winds in our lives.
This quote helped create a foundation for everything in my life.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’ ” Erma Bombeck
A Prayer for the Game of Life
“DEAR GOD, help me be a good sport in the game of life. I don’t ask for an easy place in the lineup. Put me anywhere you need me. I only ask that I can give you 100% of everything I have. If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment. Help me to remember that you never send a player more trouble then he can handle with your help…
And help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square no matter what others do…Help me study…THE BOOK so I’ll know the rules…
Finally, God, if the natural turn of events goes against me and I am benched for sickness or old age, help me accept that as a part of the game, too. Keep me from whimpering that I was framed or that I got a raw deal. And when I finish the final inning, I ask for no laurels; all I want is to believe in my heart, I played as well as I could and that I didn’t let you down.