“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
~ Isaac Newton
“Love builds bridges where there are none.”
~ R. H. Delaney
Who said that you had to build just bridges in order to create new beginnings?? Today, slaDE and Michael built a ramp for our newly-minted Canadian friend Minna. It was incredible to witness these men creating a harmonious and accessible living environment for a brave woman in a wheel chair. We actually met Minna in a covert moving operation this summer, but it was a brief encounter focused on achieving a goal for a friend. However, our time here in Florida brought us together again, and for this I am forever grateful!
Minna is awesome. And incredibly inspirational. Her story? She has been in a wheelchair since 2005 and on August 6, 2007, Minna made her first skydive EVER. Since then, she has become an active base jumper, sprint kayaker, road racer, adaptive rower and sponsored athlete with a fantastic story and vision to convey. To me, this is a pretty impressive feat which displays much courage and determination. And to think that Minna has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is unbelievable. This disease apparently neither slows Minna down, nor does it hamper her enthusiasm, vitality and persistence in and for life. From what I’ve witnessed thus far, the slightest bit of fear that Minna may have towards any aspect of her life is quickly overcome with belief in herself, in her passions, persistence and drive to be the best that she can be, for her two children and for herself.
I have much to learn from Minna. I’m very grateful to be here in Florida for another 3 weeks to get to know her better, exploring the depths of compassion and friendship, delving in to understanding my own believed limitations and fears in life.
“Every life has a story, every story has a lesson.” ~ Oprah