Well, I suppose if there is ANY benefit to sleepless nights with sciatic and back pain one might be that I have now read 3 books in the last couple weeks and they have ALL been both great reads but even more important, huge sources of inspiration. Each book was recommended by a different friend.
The first book, The Long Run, tells of a New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Accident Victim to Elite Athlete. Matt was hit while riding his bike, suffered near fatal injuries, and came back to living his dream!
All I can say is that this book speaks so much of never losing hope and taking each moment as a step in the journey back.
What an amazing person Matt was, is, and has become while overcoming the odds.
The second book I read was Hermann Maier’s, The Race of My Life
WOW, I knew this guy was unstoppable by watching him for years on the slopes but not until I read his book did I really understand. Hermann was in a motorcycling accident where he nearly lost his leg. This is his comeback, what it took to overcome what he was dealt. It is a story of true grit, the hours of rehab and therapy, the self-doubt and hopelessness. This book really hit me pretty deep. His accounts of frustration, self- doubt, fear, intense pain at times, and his search for understanding. It was his honesty and willingness to account his comeback that really was quite courageous. What a role model to look up to for so many reasons and in so many ways!
The third book was called Waking by Mathew Sanford a story about discovery between the mind and the body! A very thought provoking read!
(Taken from the web site)
Mathew was in a serious car accident killing his father and sister. Mathew was paralyzed. For years after the devastating accident, Matthew felt a schism, or “silence,” between his mind and his body. As he grew into adulthood, he began studying philosophy in an increasingly frustrating search for answers. Then he discovered yoga. At first, he didn’t even know if a paraplegic could do yoga, but he was willing to try. Guided by his teacher, Matthew began to explore what it truly means to live in a body, and discovered new meaning and purpose in the “distance” between mind and body.
Well hoping you can take the time to read 1 or all 3 of these. They are the type of books that help us remember that we are never given more than what we can handle. 😉