By: Olive Dunkelbarger
Today is here and mine to use
Tomorrow may not be;
And so the present I would choose
To task my energy
The opportunity I hold
Within my hand today
May prove to be the precious mould
To shape my future way
Today is still the only time
In which to do my work
And mighty triumphs, deeds sublime
May in its moments lurk.
But even though the lowly vale
Of common life is my way,
The only thing that will avail
Is duty done today?
Dear friends, it must have been around 3.30 am (27th of March). I forced my eyes open. I felt the bed room spinning and I knew that I was experiencing vertigo, very unusual. I wasted no time, despite the fact that I was nauseating and unsteady on my feet, I quickly showered.
Very reluctantly I called out to my eldest son. I was hesitant to wake him up because he was to fly out to the Cayman Islands for his very first international Caribbean Powerlifting championship. Nevertheless, I did. One look at me and he knew that something was really wrong. I was rushed to the family doctor’s clinic.
I was on ECG, anti-coagulants and anti-hypertensive. Without delay I was also rushed to the public hospital for further X-ray and other lab investigations.
All along I was praying (Not alarmed), but asking God for two things.
I asked God not to make me an obstacle for my son or prevent me from fulfilling my commitment to the Ministry of Education. As a matter of fact, on that very day I had to conduct an important workshop for all the science teachers in my region; in preparation for the upcoming regional Science fair.
I was afraid of letting everyone down.
Despite the heart attack, I was able to conduct the workshop, approximately three hours later. That evening I bid my son good luck as he boarded his flight to Cayman’s.
God was very kind to me.
My prayers were answered.
So I had to take charge of my life and not let the kindness go unnoticed.
I changed my attitude and then my feelings and behaviors changed.
My diet and exercise followed. Initially, I could not have walked for 15 minutes without panting for more air. Now I jog for 30 minutes each morning. I have lost 27 lbs. Since and I am more agile in my early fifties.
Everyone around is happy to see me back on my feet, but also love the inches that I have lost.
Along with my Baha’i prayers and prayers from friends and family, I also found time for inspirational literature. “Today” by Olive Dunkelbarger, is one such poems that gives me the courage not to procastinate. By the way, My son returned with Gold medal and Had broken the previous records for the junior championship in the Caribbean.
By: Shashi Moore