The VOICE of Inspiration
By Don Lindsey
Ever since I was about 10 years old, I’ve been a major fan of stand-up comedy. Something about a person’s fearlessness to stand in front of a crowd and hold their attention for any amount of time and have them laughing has always impressed me. It started with Robin Williams and from there I’ve accumulated a few comics that I love to watch or listen to. For me, the king of comedy will always be Richard Pryor.
At a show he had done after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, he spoke about how God will use things such as illness to make you slow down your life a bit. While I can’t relate to having M.S, I did have one of those slow down situations happen two weeks ago in the form of a fall I took while helping a neighbor.
Long story short, I tripped on a pile of bricks and smashed my leg up pretty good. After a week of swelling, I thought that it was getting better. A week later, when we made the trip to Fort Pierce to attend the engagement party for my niece, it became clear that something else was very wrong with my leg. The swelling came back and with it was some very deep bruising. It all happened so quick that I had to take a trip to the hospital.
Thankfully, I didn’t break any bones or have blood poisoning (which we feared because of how fast the bruising came on) but it was pretty nasty, and I was put on crutches and different medicines to bring down the swelling and bruising. With the trip back home 2 and a half hours away, the decision was made for me to stay in Fort Pierce with my daughter, mother in law and grandmother in law for the week to heal.
Normally a week beachside at my mother-in-law’s condo would consist of walking the shoreline, swimming, and other fun activities. Last week, I didn’t get to the beach or pool at all but still got to enjoy the beauty by sitting in a recliner and looking out of the window. I also got time to think, slow down my thought process a bit and have a mental rest of sorts. It allowed me to look at things I tend to take for granted and gain a bit more appreciation for the blessings that the Lord has put into my life.
My first thoughts, as I would have expected were about my family. I realized how lucky I am to have my parents still with me and living with us. I get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday stuff that I lose track of that sometimes. I also thought of my wife and kids. In the last six years, these four people have saved me on more than one occasion by being there and uplifting me when I felt lost.
The more the week went on and the more time I had to think, I felt myself respecting the role that those I love play in my life. I’m beyond lucky to have the family and friends that I do. It’s not that I don’t appreciate these things normally, I just had a lot of quiet time to realize how important these people are to me and spent a lot of time praying and thanking the Cosmic Engineer for all that He’s given me.
I don’t need quiet time to be thankful for all that I have, but it certainly helped put things in perspective. Mr. Pryor was right, God does have a way of making you slow down and look at life in ways you normally wouldn’t because you’re too busy with living and focusing on the daily grind. I missed my family greatly last week and while I’m grateful to have had the time to heal, I am happy to be back home with a sense of renewed respect for my loved ones and life in general.
Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community.