Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A One-Legged Woman and a Three-Legged Dog

I have a three-legged dog. Where ever we go, we get many comments from the strangers we meet.

Their comments are often telling about their own sense of life and limitations and their values. They lament and sigh and pity our dog. Meanwhile Miss Zia sits happily at our feet, smiling up at us, tail wagging, waiting to go for a run.

Sometimes people even give us kudos for taking Miss Zia into our lives. As if the loss of her rear left leg is a flaw disqualifying her from a full rich life.

No, Miss Zia leaps and bounds, merrily chases rabbits, digs holes and romps and plays with vim and vigor. She energizes me and makes me laugh.

I have been following a blog about a woman (Sarah) with only one leg. Sarah recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro - read her account of the summit and see what a woman with one leg has just done. Sarah's blog is powerful and a wonderful reminder that we follow our dreams regardless of what others may consider limitations. (FYI: Sarah also walked the Camino...) Following is a link to her blog:
Life is good...

3 comments:

Teri said...

Gin - I met a gal on the Camino who was walking with a prothesis on her leg. She kept pace with us for a few days, bid farewell to us, and then started her own pace. She finished the Camino - all 500 miles of it. We're all still in contact.

Yours is getting closer!

Teri said...

Gin - I met a gal on the Camino who was walking with a prothesis on her leg. She kept pace with us for a few days, bid farewell to us, and then started her own pace. She finished the Camino - all 500 miles of it. We're all still in contact.

Yours is getting closer!

Virginia said...

So many people let challenges become limitations...they fail to rise to the ocassion, they let some mortal concept define who they are. And others, like caterpillers bursting from a cacoon, find ways to dazzle us with their ability to transform the event.

I am eager to meet fellow pilgrims and hear their unique stories...what an adventure lies ahead!

"Ginn"
Sippin' Black Coffee in Santa Fe