The Quality of a Life
Had I not been reading Obituaries this week again, I may have overlooked an article in this past weeks paper :
It was an interview of a local Spokane woman , Barbara Anderson, who is the mother of late Astronaut Michael P. Anderson, and marks the 15 year since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in which he lost his life.
The article said that Barbara would not waste time being angry, or making an event about her son’s death, but go about her day except to reminisce about her son with her daughters, and thinks of his daughters and how they persevered after the tragedy. But she did have this to say:
I thought about that. I thought about the other obituaries I read, and the lives that seemed to be designed with a purpose seemed to have the longest list of friends and relatives and were written with gratitude.
I went on to read about what Commander Anderson’s mom described his quality of life to be. He was humble , in harmony with science and religion, humble, never thought about and wasn’t interested in the color of his skin. “He was focused, and when he decided he was going to do something , he didn’t really talk about it, he just did it”. She said his parents had not even known he was applying to join the space program until after he landed the interview. She said her son would have preferred to have been called a role model and not a hero as the history books now call him.
I reminisced about the other lives we have looked at and studied through the MKE process, the Heroes Journey, the tribe members who are succeeding, the guides and leaders and their journeys.
I thought about my own life, and the kind of role model I want to be to my 6 kids, young adults now, pursuing dreams of their own. I realized that the quality of my life will equal the quality of my perseverance, and presently I may even say that the quality of my life will be the quality of my efforts in my experience with MKE. Why would I say that? Because these tools it has given me work! They work where others have not. There’s science behind it. I’m experiencing a shift. I’m happier! I’m manifesting things in place of worrying about things.
For a couple of weeks, I was dealing with some health issues and got in a bit of a slump and didn’t put in the effort like I had at the beginning, and there was a noticeable difference in my moods, my progression and my thought patterns. So, I just began again to do the work! I’m glad I didn’t give in to the old patterns of sabotage and thinking I’m not worth it! I was pretending not to know that I have value, a purpose and that I’m life’s greatest miracle!
I encourage anyone else whose efforts had dwindled down to pick up the challenge once again! I’m grateful to MKE for the change I see and feel in my life, and for the tribe members who I’m meeting along the way! I’m changing the quality of my life!