Catalyst

By Greg Hasberry

 

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

This is a constant reminder I’ve had to share with myself.

Your experiences in life, no matter how large or small, are not meant to anchor you to one spot or root you like a tree. Failure is the stuff that propels you to elevate your path to a better existence. Fear can be the largest catalyst towards propelling your successes – if you don’t allow it to hold you back.

Oct. 21, 2015, seven days post-ICU, my mindset was enhanced. So to speak, that was the very day my true inner strength revealed itself. Like I’ve stated earlier: I’ve always lived my life with a warrior’s mindset.

Now before I go much further, let me explain one thing: the person or that enemy I was fighting was me – yes, me. Not the renal failure, not my failed marriage – it was myself.

What does that mean?

It meant overcoming every obstacle, crossing every bridge head-on, in spite of fears.

So here’s how that day sharpened me: Somewhere around noon my assigned hospital social worker quietly knocked on my door, shook my hand and explained her role as my patient representative. Trust me, I was so overwhelmed with all that, it took me a few seconds to catch on to what she said.

The word she used was “disability.”

To me this is a word I refuse to hear or accept – and my mother was sitting there the entire time. I remember her walking over to me and giving me a rough time about my attitude toward that social worker, but my heart and mind could not accept having a “disability.”

In my previous column I stated that my biggest motivation came in the form of my daughter, who was 14 then. How could I look her in the face knowing I had more in the tank intellectually speaking? I just couldn’t fold up that easily.

I was criticized by some, but it didn’t stop me. Again, not to sound overly critical, but for some it’s very necessary for survival – and that I completely understand – but I’m a to-the-end kind of man. It’s what I know, and it’s the spirit that still keeps me going today.

As I look back on this time, I’m proud of my now 19-year-old daughter. She’s a college sophomore on track to earning her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree within four years. I couldn’t be prouder of her. I believe my drive rubbed off heavily on her.

One of my best postoperative memories was attending her first sophomore year basketball game at Hoover High School. Brit had no idea I was going to show up. I had my bags packed and ready for discharge at 8 a.m., finally pushing them to release me at 3:30 p.m. and making it right on time to watch her score 14 points. Although I was tired and worn, it was worth the excitement and the eight-hour dialysis appointment that same night.

Experiences like that night have been the catalyst to my recovery. Knowing I’m living my life not just for myself but for my daughter and my Savior have been the constant, daily reminder that this life is not my own.

Every hurdle I’ve encountered has had purpose.

Every obstacle you will face has purpose, too.

 

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