When you can't move your arms, walk, feed yourself, turn the pages of a book, toss a ball or any other physical activity involving your limbs you are literally stuck. ALS will eventually take these abilities away from everyone who is diagnosed. I feel stuck at times. I scream obscenities, lash out at loved ones, and stray from my faith. But then there are days like today. Today I accepted the stuckness and turned my thoughts to the things I can still embrace and enjoy.
It's been said that people with ALS have heightened hearing, vivid and precise eye sight, bigger hearts to love and greater compassion. This might all be bullshit and scientifically inaccurate, however today I certainly can feel and embrace these sparked sensory experiences.
My beer tastes sweeter, the tunes are crisper on Spotify, the breeze in the trees seems to have purpose, food tastes fresher, I can hear God's whispers. The abilities I've lost have forced me to focus on the small stuff. The stuff we often forget to make time for and certainly take for granted. Today I'm taking stock in the Grace that surrounds me. I invite you to hit pause and do the same.