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Hello Again!

During my last long run (8 miles!) I tried to focus on the topic of inspiration. What inspires people to do things, anything? Who inspires them? And why? How does having inspiration influence goals, and how does it affect performance?

On March 3, 2017 in Breckenridge, Colorado, my family and I attended the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Program, hosted by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). The festival included 10 different films, varying in length and focused on outdoor adventures. Besides awesome scenery and natural beauty, the accomplishments of the many athletes was outstanding, and yes….inspiring!

My favorite was called “Four Mums in a Boat” and told the story of four middle-aged working British mums who announced they wanted to row across the Atlantic Ocean. (WHAT???) I believe the journey was 3000 miles, took 67 days and was filled with challenges, struggles, tears and laughs. It was a story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things – juggling families, work and training – to accomplish a goal that seemed to be on the edge of “crazy.”

I loved the story, and especially when Darren said at the end, “don’t get any ideas, Mom!” Haha, I don’t think I have that amount of “crazy” in me, but I do hope I have enough to get through this half marathon on April 30th as part of Team Push to Walk!! Check out the story and see if it doesn’t provide you with some inspiration!! And then please tell me what inspires YOU!!!

Stay inspired! Love Cynthia

 

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My heart is in Boston today, as I think about the Marathon last year and the tragic events that resulted in people dying, losing limbs, suffering brain injuries and more. I think about the runners, the spectators and the first responders. People who were called upon to act and save others. People who lost their friends and family members. Tragedy abounds. But through the tragedy, the Boston spirit has survived, pulling others through the most difficult and unimaginable days they have encountered.

It almost seems like an afterthought that today’s event is about the 36,000 participants who have trained, sacrificed, and devoted themselves to their goal of completing 26.2 miles through the streets of Boston and surrounding towns. It is just so much more this year. These 36,000 people are running for all of us – for freedom, for strength, for resiliency. For each other. For those who were killed and injured. For those who perhaps witnessed the events and have never recovered emotionally. Thank you for running this year.

In some of the media coverage, I have seen pictures of people who have lost limbs and who are using wheelchairs. There are probably spinal cord injuries and brain injuries among them. Having connections to others (including my own son) who has a spinal cord injury, my heart hurts for what they are facing. But my heart also knows there will be better times ahead. None of it will be easy; most of it will be filled with challenges, fear and uncertainty. May we all be BOSTON STRONG and help those in need, even if it’s just in spirit, thoughts and prayers.

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I would be remiss to not acknowledge the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, even on a blog that focuses on spinal cord injury and paralysis.

When people of all ages look at athletes, actors and musicians as role models, they can’t even stand in the same room as someone like Nelson Mandela. Someone who stood up for what he believed in and changed the world. He made the world a better place for generations, creating a legacy that will last far into the future.

Mr. Mandela was a true inspiration, a word used by many but deserved by few. His caring, compassion and humanitarian acts carried his messages of fairness, equality and human rights.

May Mr. Mandela rest in peace, and know that the world he has left is a changed and better place because of him and what he fought for. A true hero who lived among us.

Cynthia

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Hello Everyone,

I know I’ve been out of touch for quite awhile, caught up in busy days and never enough time to do everything I want to…….

The last few weeks have been tough, but this morning, Frank Sinatra’s words found their way into my head, and I knew it was a sign to write a blogpost!

With a computer hard drive crash, a big project getting derailed and my son not feeling well (always a concern of us Moms!), I was frustrated, disappointed and not feeling so optimistic. But here’s the thing – I’ve got to keep going! These things are all pretty small in the big picture; I just have to convince myself to keep a reasonable perspective and get on with life. So perhaps reading, typing and re-reading these words will help me – and maybe even you, too, if you are dealing with something difficult in your life:

I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing

Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life
(That’s life)

Here’s to a better day RIGHT NOW!

Cynthia

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Please join us!!

As part of Push to Walk’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing, we have invited Dennis Walters to perform his golf show at Crystal Springs Golf Resort in Hamburg, NJ on Monday, September 24th. This is a show not to be missed! An hour long combination of golf, entertainment and inspiration, it is sure to be enjoyable for everyone who attends. There is no charge to attend the show, which will be at 11:30 am.

It is important for Push to Walk to tie in our mision to each special event we hold during the year. And since this is our 5th annual golf outing, we thought it especially important to add a little somethinge extra to our outing – both to celebrate the 5th year and as a special thank you to those people who have supported us and enabled us to help so many people with spinal cord injuries live more healthy, independent and productive lives.

Dennis Walters sustained a spinal cord injury in 1974, and was determined to continue his dream of playing golf. The show he has developed and travels around the country performing provides him the opportunity to entertain others with an inspirational message. This performance is one of only four appearances in New Jersey this year. Please plan to attend, bring a few friends and enjoy a golf show with a special message. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed!

Check out his website, story and videos: www.denniswalters.com.

To see all the details about our golf outing on Monday, September 24, click here!

If you have any questions about the outing or the show, please contact Stephanie at slajam@pushtowalknj.org. Thanks!

Please note that Push to Walk will be closed on Monday, Sept 3rd for Labor Day. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Cynthia

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After a busy weekend, and one that included a HUGE Super Bowl win for the Giants and two great wins for the Devils, I have to admit I’m not feeling very inspired or creative for my blog this morning. So this title refers to me as much as others! I had to sit and write this entry, so the “just do it” motto applies to all of us at one time or another! And while it might seem cliche or overused, the simple slogan really has some merit and applies to SO many people and situations.

I checked some of my regular sites for inspiration, and it didn’t take me long to find something on the Reeve Foundation website. I read about a woman (Saralee Perel) who wrote how she was inspired to do one small thing which had big consequences and positive results.  The old movie “City Slicker” encouraged her to do just one thing, keep it simple, and take charge. You can read her story at http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.mtKZKgMWKwG/b.7958339/k.6979/The_First_Step_is_Not_About_Walking.htm.

Saralee’s writing reminded me of a relatively new client we have at Push to Walk. A young man of thirty-something, he came to us two years after sustaining a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident. Depressed, frustrated, angry and upset are some of the words he has used to describe himself. Now coming for regular exercise workouts, he is starting to feel better both physically and emotionally. His fragile sense of self is still challenged every day, but little by little, he is starting to have more good days than bad. With a strong family to support him, he is starting to engage more in life. He has joined Team Walk to Push for the upcoming NJ Marathon, and has undertaken a fund raising campaign to help himself, Push to Walk, and Dr. Wise Young’s Clinical Trials for an SCI cure. Having a goal that is outside the borders of always being focused on yourself is a huge step after sustaining a spinal cord injury. I commend this person for making the decision to come to Push to Walk, see what we have to offer and throwing himself into an effort to make himself feel better, in several different ways.

Sometimes, the idea of “just do it,” sounds too big, too scary, too overwhelming. What have you been putting off? Start small, think positive and you will be amazed by the results!

Enjoy your day! Cynthia

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