I’m definitely not a history buff; however, I do admit that I have a long-standing appreciation for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
What fascinates me about Franklin is not his political career. It’s not even that he contracted polio, then took charge of his own painful recovery and helped others by founding the Roosevelt Warm Springs rehabilitation center.
Franklin recognized that overcoming a debilitating disease is a long road in a humbling, demoralizing process. As a result, he developed a passion for people who are suffering.
“The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was during Franklin’s rehabilitation that he discovered his own place of peace known as Dowdell’s Knob.
“Dowdell’s Knob is a prominent mountain in Harris County, Georgia….It is referred to as a historical spot where former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would dine occasionally. In fact, he had a brick oven and picnic area constructed on this mountain for his use during his visits to nearby Warm Springs.”
If Franklin learned that another patient with polio at Warm Springs had reached their limit he would often suggest they be brought up to Dowdell’s Knob to sit and contemplate the majestic beauty of the world around them.
“We touch other people’s lives simply by existing.” J.K. Rowling
Biographies and documentaries portray so many sides of suffering. Our heroes, like Franklin, become role models encouraging us all to overcome obstacles and push through the pain.
By their example, we imagine that we too can be better than what our frail, limited bodies allow us to become. Whether it’s grief, pain, isolation, desolation, you name it. As the Broadway song lyrics state, “There’s a place for us.”
Finding your ‘somewhere place’ is a blessing. Returning to that place (internal and external) when needed is a mystical grace.
The mechanics of modern pain relief and healing are becoming more impersonal and prescriptive with each passing decade. Intrinsic to triggering authentic healing there remains one moment of transformation. Your physical renewal might not even be on a conscious level, and honestly, sometimes physical conditions are not changed. And yet, in an instant, everything can change – for the good.
Nature facilitates mystical manifestation.
When you look out at a landscape, the ocean, a wooded trail, or the face of someone you love, whatever speaks to your soul, there’s a shift.
Call it a divinely inspired moment, but something triggers your will, determination, or passion that results in a drive that changes everything.
“God is the friend of silence. See how nature — the trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.” Mother Teresa
If life is a magic garden with wonders to discover and behold, then our paths are gilded with divine love and peace leading us inward, outward and home.
Let nature make each day ridiculously amazing!
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