Have, Have Not, Can, Can’t Do

Sitting in a wheelchair at the beach I watched people run on the sand, play ball games, swim and have fun. The ‘poor me’ voice started. I felt the warm sun on my face, I smelled the ocean and felt the breeze. I felt lucky to be at this place. Of course I pray there will be a miracle and one day I’ll be able to run again. I am very grateful to be on this beach.

How much time do thoughts of jealousy and envy occupy our mind? I have sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. How must life be when one or more of these is missing? It’s about making the most of what we have and can do. Of course there are frustrations for me and of course for my family. It’s normal.

Having the new thing will make you happy for a while, but then you’ll want the next thing. People are ambitious and want to better themselves. It’s worth reflecting on different ways to better ourself.

Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

One thought on “Have, Have Not, Can, Can’t Do”

  1. Yes I wish we had this and that more money but lately I read your words Andrew and I’m thankful I’m healthy and happy and I tell Pat this be grateful for what you have we are so lucky to live in this great country Australia, I hope you get your swim need a off road chair to get threw that sand.

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