A Fresh Start

On the heels of Easter, as we wait expectantly for Spring, there is enormous energy fueling new beginnings right now.

For me and my family, this is so true!

Our oldest daughter just moved to Charlotte to take on a new role (sports marketing…her professional dream) in her company.

I’m about to start a big new year-long project that I’m so excited about.

I’m even more excited about the fact that, against all odds and the opinions of most medical professionals, I’m making progress in the healing process. Trigger point therapy, while excruciating in the moment, is facilitating the repair of a 1/2 inch tear in the L4/L5 disk. It’s a slow go, but it’s working and I’m so thrilled because all of this means that I’m getting my life back!

I’m working hard to get my fresh start, and I’m savoring every second of it.

In the process, I am wondering if the long, difficult patch that I’m finally coming out of carries more blessings than curses.

It’s given me such extraordinary perspective. Surviving such a severe accident, and making my way through such a long and painful recovery, makes me so aware of all that is GOOD in life.

I’m inspired to continue to move forward and build momentum to craft the next chapter of my life. So much time being laid up has enabled me to get crystal clarity about all I want to do, see and experience in my life. This, all by itself, is an enormous blessing.

As I step forward after such a long period of having my life be, effectively, on ‘hold,’ it frees up my family to move ahead with their lives as well.

My progress enables my family to shift their energy and attention from helping me along through a very hard time, to other things, so they too can expand their own experiences.

It’s amazing to me how interconnected we all are.

If my family is any indication, we are all in this together. Our pain, our joy, our trials, and our victories are all shared.

I am so aware that the fresh start that Haley and I are experiencing with new and exciting work opportunities come with big changes, and the stress that goes with that.

In our family, we deal with the stresses together as well. Hard to avoid it since we are all so intertwined.

The point is that change is good. It can be stressful, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The challenges that come with growth and change stretch us and show us that we are capable of so much more than we might have realized.

Our changes inspire us to be BOLD! That is all good and enormously exciting!

For me personally, faith is the foundation of the fresh start I’m enjoying now.

It helped me keep going despite the medical experts telling me that my injuries, and the extensive limits that they brought to my life, were things I’d just have to accept as my ‘new normal.’

Perhaps, when viewed through the black and white, myopic lens of a world without faith, this is the ‘logical truth.’

To me, this passive acceptance of a life of limitations was and is unacceptable.

Ironically, huge worldly challenges like this one have been springboards to faith for me. I didn’t come to faith because of any lofty ideological or theological platitudes. I came to faith because life kept serving up challenges that were/are WAY above my pay grade.

I came to faith because it was my only hope on far too many occasions.

And my walk of faith is a not a something that happened in a brilliant flash of light and it has remained embedded, without question, in my life ever since.

Faith, for me is a choice I make every single day. I wrestle with it. I question it. I tug and it and try to pull it apart. It is fundamentally at odds with my robust rational brain. But ultimately, I make the conscious decision to live my life with faith at the center of it, and my life is better for it.

The beauty of seeing the world through the lens of faith is that there is such a broad, bright perspective, infused with a kaleidoscope of color and beauty, that is difficult for the naked eye to discern.

I am living proof that when God is with me, I can overcome obstacles that appear insurmountable.

Over time, each step of faith has been a building block that leads to more and more bold steps, and sometimes desperate leaps, of faith.

This is where the magic is.

Faith in a power bigger than we are, who is fully engaged in our world, changes everything!


I share all this with you today because I am sure my family and I are not the only ones who are enjoying a fresh start.

Each one of us is a spiritual being having a temporary human experience.

Today, I remind myself, my family, and all of you, of the truth of this. I hope we can all let the divinity that is in each one of us bubble up and fuel our individual (and collective) fresh start.

It’s exciting. It’s unpredictable. It’s revitalizing.

My experience with faith makes me certain that the life that you want (and that I want) is within reach. It is there for the taking.

Sending you love, light and a flood of faith and energy to help lift you up and carry you closer to your dreams.

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