Realizing that laughter is the best medicine, I would like to share a humorous take on my current coping strategy 🙂 I was talking to my Mom yesterday, and she asked me how I managed to avoid getting depressed or bogged down in the “How could this have happened??” type of mindset.. While I wish I had given some super philosophical, well-thought out reply, instead my mind immediately flitted to a scene from the first Pirates of the Caribbean Movie. (Here’s a clip for those of y’all who don’t remember)

Jack Sparrow, everyone: “What a man can do, and what a what a man can’t do.”

What I can’t do:

  • Rewind time and undo the accident
  • Change the extent of my injuries OR accelerate their healing time
  • Look ahead and understand God’s purpose for allowing this to happen

What I  can do:

  • Trust that God has a good plan for me
  • Educate myself on as much as possible about my current physical conditions
  • Be compliant with doctor’s orders and try my best in therapy
  • Keep learning self-care so I can hopefully makes things a little easier for my family

So there we have it: trying to focus on what IS possible makes life a whole lot more pleasant than worrying about things that I have zero control over. Do I do this perfectly all the time? Nope, but I think God  put me in this situation to keep getting better at it…..and on top of that He gave all of us great role models like Captain Jack Sparrow. 😉

8 thoughts on “What A Man Can Do…

  1. Lady you’re already writing better than most Christian self help books. So practical. Articulate. Ivan’s blessed to have you. :). Big :).


  2. Just awesome Grace. Your faith to trust Him no matter and share this are helping more people than you could ever know. Your postings are a constant encouragement.


  3. Dear Grace, we so much pray for your healing and improvement. Gordon hoped this might be an encouragement for you: The study is old, but I think the effect is still valid. Grace, you can’t bear weight on your legs yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t push your feet against an immovable object or pat the bottom of your feet to stimulate the effects of the study done by NASA. It doesn’t take a great amount of force, it just takes the reasonable pressure/resistance felt through your legs, from your feet that should stimulate bone growth.


  4. Well said, dear girl! I’ll try to be brave, to press on, and focus on doing what I can. And when I “grow weary in well-doing”, I’ll think of you and keep going.
    Thank you, Grace!
    Still praying for you and Ivan at midnight every night.


  5. Love you Grace! I’ve been praying for you! I still always think about how you semi-challenged me to do a different hair style for each rehearsal in that ESSO cycle at Eastman… It makes me smile 😀 a cheerful heart is good medicine:-) I will keep praying not only for your recovery but also for your joy! 💗💗💗 The Lord’s got this:-)


    1. Hi Christy! Thanks for your message, and all your prayers 🙂 Haha, it’s been a while now but I do miss ESSO 🙂 you were always in front of me so I had a great view of your braids. 🙂 Hope you’re doing well! ❤


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