Honoring the homesteading spirit of Spencer West.

This morning as I sip my peppermint tea and eat a gluten-casein-soy-egg-free blueberry muffin from New Day Bakery, it doesn’t matter that the doctors told me what I’m doing is impossible.  After watching this video, I’m giving myself new options that the doctors said I didn’t have.  Who cares that I’ve spent the last 3 days curled up around a toilet or on someone’s couch, when today I (once again) regained the ability to walk without pain? These little gains are important, because that’s what is going to help build our earth bag homestead and enable me to continue giving my best efforts to Ripples and our incredible international network of change makers. Never give up.

In honor of Spencer West, today I decided to drop my measurement of progress in “pain-free days” (I got about 60 days since April, but with continuing symptoms) and instead count the days I’m living fully.  So today, hopefully, is day 1. Living fully, to me, means that my symptoms aren’t severe enough to incapacitate me physically and mentally, which in all honesty sometimes they are, but some days they’re not.  Living fully also means that I’ve taken the opportunity on those good days to do as much as I can, as much as I dream, and within a balance that yields increasing health.  It’s those days that I’ll be counting now.

Free the Children – Redefine Possible

Need an indestructible spirit? Watch this video and lend your new indestructible spirit to Free the Children to help them support clean water projects in East Africa.  Thank you Spencer for making the climb, Nelly Furtado for the music, and Aimee Knight for posting this inspiration to It’s One Humanity The Humanitarian Social Network!
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