I've done two posts with this picture on my personal blog and my mother-in-law has also posted about this picture as well. It's getting a lot of attention, this one little photo. But it speaks volumes to me. This is a picture of my husband's grandpa being pushed in a wheelchair, uphill, in a snowstorm, by his son-in-law and daughter (my in-laws). And look at Grandpa Phil's face - look closely - see that giant smile?
Grandpa Phil has a condition called Ataxia. I've been told Ataxia is like a combination of Lou Gehrig's disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Basically, his body is slowly and irreversibly declining, and has been for many years. But every single time you see Grandpa Phil - EVERY time - if you ask, "How are you doing, Grandpa?" or "How are you feeling?" He will answer something like, "It's the best day of my life!" or "Never been better!"
To mimic a quote by my friend Keri, Grandpa Phil is a man who has Ataxia, but Ataxia does not have him. His strong spirit and positive attitude cannot be taken.
"Do the very best you can. And when you have done that, you just place the matter in the hands of the Lord. Go forward with faith."
~Gordon B. Hinckley