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I feel like one of the most important things I took away from this broadcast was something that Matthew Sanford had repeated a few times. He doesn't consider his experience "uncommon" just "more extreme." In experiencing the car accident at 13 which caused him to become a parapalegic he was thrust into a new life that called for a greater sense of awareness.
I have a friend who was abused as a child and later suffered a spinal cord injury as a young adult. We have often talked about how other people comment on "how strong" she is to have gotten through those traumas and how much it really has nothing to do with how strong one particular person is, but rather the ability to adapt. Developing this different awareness that Matthew Stanford seems to talk about seems to be the key to having a healthy attitude about yourself, your ability, and your peace.
What was most refreshing in this interview was how easily Sanford was able to relate his traumatic experience with those of us who have not had such traumatic experiences, but simply experience aging. He spoke of learning to listen to his body and accept the body it had become now looking at the strength and ability it still had to offer through quieter sensations than what he experienced when he was younger. It seems like we waste a lot of time worrying about what we have lost as we age which just leads to frustration and discontent. Sanford mentioned being patient a couple times. I think patience is a very difficult attribute to achieve, but usually has the best reward. As Matthew Sanford shows, having the patience to allow your body to speak to and connect with your mind instead of fighting against each other, opens the door to a wholeness filled with peace, pride, and possibility.