unexpected returns.

a good attitude will take you a long way. nobody promised me that i would get this far….some people, i guess it might take them a long time to accept things. but sooner or later, you’re going to have to. and then you put your faith in god and let him show you the way. ~kevin everett, as quoted in a sports illustrated article entitled “kevin everett: the road back”, 17 december 2007, tim layden, page67.

may seem like easy words to utter.
may seem like hard words to hear…when life turns sour.
and may seem like unexpected words to hear from kevin everett, a buffalo bills player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury where it was thought that he might remain paralyzed for life.
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good attitude…
acceptance of circumstances…
realistic about the outcome…
faith in and reliance on god.

big words, full of meaning, and a life that lives what he speaks.
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a brush with death causes us to re-evaluate; it changes us…

it also teaches us that being ‘alive’ is a fantastic gift. too many people grumble about their everyday lives. few fill their time with the act of actually ‘living.’ the key is to learn how to let go of the darkness and experience more of the brighter side of life.
~taken from lenten devotional for today entitled “live like you were dying”, make room for life! by joseph f. sica, twenty third publications.

do we view being ‘alive’ as a gift…and a fantastic one at that?
do we grumble about the monotony of our daily routine?
do we actually practice ‘living’ life?
do we step out of the darkness in order to see the positive aspects of life?
seems like everett has learned to do so.

after winning a game of chinese checkers against his fiance,

he swings his legs to the side of the chair and pushes himself into open space before throwing his arms skyward, standing tall, full of life.
~tim layden speaking of kevin in the sports illustrated article, “kevin everett: the road back”, 17 december 2007, page67.

everett’s bout with death and recovery from seemingly bleak odds has taught him to affirm such an outlook:

i may develop limitations, but i’m determined to keep my eyes open and ears wide open, to make room for every new experience.
~taken from lenten devotional for today entitled “live like you were dying”, make room for life! by joseph f. sica, twenty third publications.

even the experience of taking that first step,
reaching out to catch the football,
and holding his arms outstretched after a victory…no matter how small.

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