The View From Two Summits

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I am still in awe and overcome with gratitude at the miraculous healing that happened in our family in December 2012.  Though I watched it and lived its unfolding, I can’t explain how it happened. 

A season of easy happiness had returned.  Smiling became effortless, constant and automatic again.  I wrote this on my blog on New Year’s Day:

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January 1, 2013

The Human Body is Amazing

8 weeks ago my body was about 50 pounds underweight at 129 lbs.

All my muscles were severely atrophied. 


 It was intensely taxing to walk a few feet down the hall in the hospital.  I had to lay down sweating and panting from the exertion after.

At the beginning of December I began watching daily in awe as my muscles came back to life and my legs visibly grew each day.

I now weigh 161 pounds.

Today I ran/hiked 12 miles round trip with 2500 feet of vertical gain to the top of Green Mountain and back via bear canyon in Boulder.


It took just over 2 1/2 hours and I feel fine now.  Legs are tired, but I still have plenty of energy.

I am simply amazed at how fast the body can heal and recover.  It seems miraculous to me.

I am super grateful to have my life back.  Words cannot express it well.

I absolutely love life!

I am so grateful to be capable of starting 2013 conquering a summit alongside my best friend, my wife Nan.


Welcome to 2013!  It’s going to be the best year yet.

P.S. This Is A Truly Amazing Life.


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From the top of Green Mountain, many snowcapped, ice covered summits beckoned to me.  Many of Colorado’s fourteen thousand foot peaks are visible from there.  It is inspiring to see them stretch out for nearly 180 degrees of view.  I will summit many of them in due time.  Maybe not in the winter when they are so treacherous, but who knows!

Simultaneously, from my viewpoint atop my ‘Mountain of Pain’, what called to me was the mountain of giving love, inspiration, hope, and encouragement to the people close to me, and to the world at large, somehow or some way.  I wanted to somehow be a giver of hope, love, encouragement and inspiration to my brothers and sisters all over this planet.  I felt some unrest from the top of those summits.  I felt that I could not be fully at peace with myself, knowing there is suffering across the globe that I can help ease in some way, unless I was striving and succeeding at making a difference in whatever ways I can.

That new mountain is also covered with snow and ice right now.  The task seems daunting, fraught with challenges and obstacles.  But frankly, that excites me.  I would not take it on otherwise.  I crave the challenge.  And I believe I am up for it.  I know that in time, I will summit that new peak.  All I need to do is take one step at a time, because great things only come by small things repeated daily.  I know that I can make a difference, help people, and give compassionate loving service to my brothers and sisters across the world if I am persistent and hold onto my vision of that peak without wavering.  In time I know that summit can be reached also.

And from there I will look on to other distant peaks, taller, and more challenging still, that won’t be visible until I’m standing at the new summit.

Life is pure adventure.  Life is amazing!