Even though, she is over 85, she is still very strong, agile, sharp and sound in mind. It’s amazing how she recollects information with so much precision and accuracy. She ensures that everyone she comes in contact with is better off than when they met her. A kind hearted and loving mother of all, who shoulders responsibilities that she needs not, everyone, loves her and she brings so much joy and hope.
One of her beliefs is that even though she is old, she is “young”; she does not have to be dependent on any one and will like to do her things by herself. She loves being active: walking around and doing small gardening and it was on one of such occasions that she fell and broke her hip bone. That was the last thing anyone wished for such a woman.
To say that the entire family was devastated was an understatement, her children, grandchildren, in-laws, friends and acquaintances were all around her to support and help her through the period. She was taken to the hospital where the doctors were very helpful and caring; one would think that she was their mother going by the attention she commanded in the ward throughout her stay in the hospital.
After the initial medical attention and treatment, she was admitted and scheduled for an operation to fix the broken hip bone. How well does the bone of an over 85 grow and what were the chances of the legs being successfully corrected? I am sure you do not have to be a medical person to know that the bones don’t grow and heal easily and readily at that age as compared to if she were younger. Prior to this event, she had been on medication for years for diabetes and other age related treatments, which may or may not affect the operation.
The Doctors gave their opinion and offered pieces of advice. All was set for the operation and on the eve of the D-day, while one of her daughters was speaking with her, she said: “I am not going to die now, no, not with this accident, even if I will die, it will be after successfully going through the operation and I will sure return home well and alright”. Did she? Of course, she did, with walking aids though. She had to use aids and go for Physiotherapy lessons to perfect her walking. However, she recovered so fast that everyone including the medical team were stunned.
It has been over 3 years since the operation and she is still growing stronger by the day. As I ponder over the story of this great and wonderful woman, I see someone whose will and determination overcame nature (in a sense) and her limitation. This story and others around you (yes, around you if you will think deeply) are proofs that indeed “Will is more important than fact”.
There is something inside every man and woman, call it will, desire, drive, determination or doggedness: irrespective of what it is called, that is what God has given us to overcome defeats, difficulties, disaster, set backs and also reach for our potential. When a man/woman makes up his/her mind, there is usually no stopping him/her. The amazing thing is that some people are yet to acknowledge the fact that they have this great power, while others often forget.
• God has given you and I the power of will and He respects our will – power
• How far we go in life is a function of how much we are willing to
• Human will is more powerful than facts as shown in the story above
• The world has a lot of people that have little or no will but know all the facts and are going nowhere
• Action is a great way to “prime” your will – knowing is not enough, you have to act
• To do what you have always wanted to do but have not been doing, you may need to tap into your will power
Are there areas of your life that need some action/activity? Have you been living your life based on people’s opinions, comments, facts and “You can not do it”? Have you been limited by facts and data?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then it is time to confront those issues and areas knowing that there is a deposit of resources in you. Your will, determination and drive based on God’s backing are more than enough.
Don’t settle for less!