Saturday, September 29, 2007

Your Future Rests on This Very Moment...

This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow's happiness grow.
Margaret Lindsey

I remember the very moment when my life began to turn around. Although I didn't realize it at the time, it was the moment that I began the transformation from crippled arthritic to Ironman.

At that moment I happened to be bent over in pain from my latest arthritic flare-up and I wasn't feeling especially enlightened. I was a student in Chiropractic college and was in to see my student doctor for an adjustment. He dutifully asked me to rate my pain on a scale from 1 to 10. I had always obliged him, but this time I refused. It was time to quit worrying about pain and start focusing on my human potential. At that moment, clouds didn't spontaneously roll back and no beam of light illuminated me from the heavens above. Music didn't play and angels didn't sing. (Well, maybe they did, but I didn't see or hear any of it.) I limped out of the adjusting room in as much pain as when I hobbled in. But an important internal shift had taken place. I had reached a cross roads and chose the path toward light and away from darkness. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could become an endurance athlete. But here I am, with my first half iron triathlon under my belt, my first marathon two weeks away, and my first full Ironman less than 8 months away. (That's right, fellow triathletes; it's coming up fast!)

Human potential--your human potential--is breathtaking! In this moment, right now, choose to always empower your potential, not your problems. You'll be amazed by what happens in your life.


Anastazia said...

Wow! That's an amazing story and I totally agree about those auspicious moments when on sees clearly where personal destiny lies especially when it's a radical departure from "accepted", standard, status quo practices. I think the the best question anyone can ever ask is, "What is this disease symptom here to teach me?" . . . "What scenario can I live out as a life-path that will result in this experience being additive to my life where I end up even more enlightened?" "Know Thyself" . . . wise words that could keep us all busy for a lifetime (or more!)

Dr. Mark William Cochran said...

Thanks for your comment and your insight, Anastazia. You're right; every expeirence in life is an opportunity to grow, improve and evolve.