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Every Child Deserves To Celebrate Another Birthday!

Posted on 07/29/2010 @ 01:29 PM

I took this picture this morning from the deck I was sitting on.  As you can see, it is of a lone fisherman, early in the morning before the hustle and bustle of a beautiful summer’s day on the lake.

As I watched him, I began to wonder what he might be thinking about.  Was it just the fish he was hoping to catch or much deeper thoughts as he was basking in his solitude?  Watching him, I began my own thought process and began to wonder of what the future holds for me moving forward.

In not knowing the age of this man fishing, and knowing that I recently became a year older, I always find myself reverting my thoughts to the children who will never experience such things as fishing or sitting on a deck overlooking a lake on a beautiful summer’s day.  And then I think of the parent’s of these children who have gone before us who will never look at life in the same way as they once did.

You would think that this would have brought me to tears and, of course, when I think and speak to these families, it always does.   This morning, in reflection, it gave me a sense of pride of where I am today and what I am doing to make a difference in the world; and if my future were to end today, tomorrow or next week, for whatever reason, I can hold my head high with pride that I have taken the path in life that I have and “screened hearts and saved lives”.

There are some in the arrhythmia space who don’t have the same beliefs that I have about preventive heart screening, including an electrocardiogram (EKG).  The debate rages on and time is wasting away but while that continues children’s lives are being lost.  I have lived and breathed the loss of a child and now have experienced the joy of other children being diagnosed, followed by treatment with the thank you(s) from families who otherwise may have lived a much different existence had they not had their child screened.

This week has not only blessed me with another year of life, but, in my heart, I know it has blessed others with the knowledge to know the facts about cardiac arrhythmias so that they can make the choice of whether or not it is right for their child/ children and their family along with passing the information along to other families who may not be informed.  What more could I ask for?  I am truly blessed!

I read a quote this week that read:  “Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step – large and small – with courage and intent.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

As in my past years, with this new year I will continue to do exactly that!  I have a purpose in my life and it is a “positive” purpose.  There is no place for negativity or negative influences when it comes to “saving lives”!

With positive thinking come positive results!  Every child deserves to celebrate another birthday!