This morning I read the reflection for April 26 in “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo. He says…”that salmon make their way upstream by bumping repeatedly into blocked pathways until they find where the current is strongest. Somehow they know that the unimpeded rush of water means that there is no obstacle there, and so they enter this opening fervently, for though it is the hardest going, the way is clear. “
“The way is hard, but clear.” I immediately saw how this reflects our healing journey with Kevin. After reading Glenn Doman’s book, in 2006, “What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child”, it was so unbelievably clear that this was the path for Kevin’s healing journey. We are so grateful to have had the expert guidance from IAHP and FHC. But, OH BOY, that road has not been easy. Which is not to say that there aren’t plenty of happy moments daily. I recently came across some pictures of Kevin and even some video footage of him in the early stages of doing the program (over five years ago) and OH BOY, what a difference in Kevin. Just like Glenn Doman said…”we have to look both ways, not just how far we have to go…but also how far we have come.”
Today is our 15th Wedding Anniversary. So I was reflecting on this passage further and how it relates to my marriage with Jon. It was always clear to me that he was the one I wanted to spend my life with…there was never any doubt. But there have definitely been challenges, just as in all marriages.
Mark Nepo says in this same reflection that “it is often easier to butt up continually against these blocked pathways than to enter fervently the one passage that is so powerfully clear. In this regard, salmon innately model a healthy persistence by showing us how to keep nosing for the unimpeded way, and once finding it, how to work even harder to make it through.” This part of the reflection reminds me of our marriage. Jon and I were bumping up against some blocked pathways in our marriage in the early days of Kevin’s program. But through persistence we found the way and continue to put time and effort into our marriage. This has, and will continue, to make our marriage stronger.
Jon, HAPPY ANNIVERSARYI LOVE YOU