I have another post almost finished, and I will post the third in my series I’ve been working on this week as tomorrow’s post, but I’m watching Diane Sawyer’s 20-20 show about Gabby Giffords struggles and triumphs this year right now and I have to say something about this incredibly moving story. I have to say that I am a Democrat, but I am so far from the blue dog that Gabby is that she seemed like a Republican to me, but this post isn’t about politics. This is about the strength of a woman and the resiliency of the soul, about love, family and miracles.
If you did not get to see this interview with Gabby and her husband, Mark, you need to watch it. I will buy a copy of Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly that is released tomorrow.
There is so much to the spark that is will. There is so much that is the spark that is love. When you put will together with love, you have the something with the tensile strength of miracles and that seems to be what she seems to be made of.
I was there outside the hospital that night of January 8th, at the spontaneous community vigil, and there was a palpable offering of love, energy, and strength flowing to those who were inside the hospital from the vigil, the community, and so much of the world. I think I heard Tucson breathe a thankful sigh of relief tonight to see that this amazing woman will be able to take that part of Tucson that lives inside her to new places, heights and causes in or outside of Congress.
No matter what Gabby may decide to do, champion, or strive for in this next phase of her life, it will inspire and teach in ways that would be miracles for anyone else, but will simply be the path she walks. She has been given a path that would break most of us, but while I personally do not believe in predetermination, I cannot help but feel that she is only now beginning on what will be her life’s work. We’ll have to see, but what many of us would regard as a life-changing and slowing event will probably only motivate her to reach for heights beyond the imagination of most of us.