Six years ago, in January 2014, I began to use the kitchen sink and some pillows as a makeshift standing frame. Having a place to work on standing was a turning point in regaining muscle function on a basic level. My back had been so injured that on the first day it tolerated just four minutes of standing. By the spring, I was leaning against the counter for fourteen hours a day, and not long after, I was able to start using leg braces to walk.
We often say that the beginning of the year is a time for new opportunities. Every January, remembering the changes that started in 2014, I look ahead to what the next year brings. Opportunities can come when and where you least expect them. January happens to be an especially good reminder of that.
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” — G. K. Chesterton