No Dent In Our Spirit

A true story about people who want to live even when health is not with them.

“I am grateful to be alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day.” This written by Louise L. Hay who is a bestselling author, speaker and inspirational teacher, whose healing techniques, affirmations and positive thinking inspires millions of her readers.

I knew someone who was quite sick and she was in the hospital for many weeks. In those days of about 1984, if you had good health insurance, you were allowed to stay in the hospital for as long as the doctors thought it beneficial and necessary. She was in Johns Hopkins Hospital and she received excellent care. One day, the doctors came to her family and said that she was quite sick and they were wondering if she would want to live at the end and did she want to have continued care if they thought it not advantageous. Her family was told they were to ask her. Her daughter said she could not bear to ask that question of her mother; her son said he would do it. He did and she informed him she wanted to stay alive. I believe in those days, people did not have legal papers stating their individual wishes. Now they do. So her wish was granted and she stayed there in the hospital for fourteen weeks with the excellent care. At the end of that time, the family was informed, that she would have to be moved soon to a nursing facility. While they were investigating nursing homes, she passed away peacefully and no decision to move her to the next place had to be honored.

She wanted to live and they gave her that final wish. It was easier than deciding her fate on their own.

We all want to have happy days, great events, and peaceful hours and sometimes delightful surprises and we would like this to be present at the present time. The present time is now and now is the moment we live in.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a madman two years ago. On November eighth, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for her shooting, many others were shot too and many deaths. She came to his sentencing day and her husband, a former astronaut spoke her words to him and he did not look them in the eyes. He spoke how this single man changed the lives of about twenty some people and they would never be the same again. He took away their futures of these people and killed the others and disabled Gabrielle and she has a paralyzed arm. He did not take away her spirit and desire to live and she will excel again in whatever she tries to accomplish. It has been a long and hard twenty-four months, but she with her determined will to live, lives on and hopefully, she will progress even more every day. Her husband spoke these words:

“You may have put a bullet through her head; you haven’t put a dent in her spirit.”


As the holiday of Thanksgiving approaches us in less than two weeks, let us all be grateful for all of the days ahead of us and also for the good days that were there before.

It is said “a leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This can be said about each of us. We do it our self each day, as we go about our business of living, working, loving and everything else we do.

It is my joy and your joy and pleasure too, to live another wonderful day (even if it is not that great sometimes) and to be here to celebrate all of our desires, accomplishments and hopes, as the wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving is upon us. It is not a religious holiday and all religions can participate in the meaning of the day and all the coming days of the December holidays.

Try to live all of our days and feel pleasure you deserve and be grateful for all you have.

The turkey is the only one who should not be happy on Thanksgiving; all of us will be feeling fine and exhilarated as this wonderful five weeks starting with Thanksgiving comes to us. Let nothing put a dent in our spirit.

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J Umbridge November 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
My heart skipped a beat when I saw that you wrote a column. And boy is this a good one. I'm going to recommend that my pastor read this for his Thanksgiving message. For those of us with dents in our spirits, you are like a little hammer that straightens them out.
Elita Sohmer Clayman November 10, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Thank you J. Umbridge for these kind comments. I have given two eulogies for three different friends, one twelve years ago in a church in Towson, one last year at a funeral home in Reisterstown, one in a funeral home out on Liberty Road four years ago.My friend Steven Behr in Washington State is a Wellness Educator, a senior, a dancer too and he is using two of my stories for his Wellness classes and now a great honor, if your pastor uses some of my words for his Thanksgiving service. My new article which will be published this weekend or Monday mentions you a lot. Look for it soon. Thanks again, you surely made my day, my week and my month. Elita
J Umbridge November 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Oh, it's an honor. I spent Friday and much of Saturday reading through your columns. I printed out several of them and gave them to my neighbors. My one neighbor just lost her husband and your writings lifted his heart. He is an accomplished pianist who studied at Juliard in the 1950s and he may create a piece based on your words.
Elita Sohmer Clayman November 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
There was a new friend named J. Umbridge, a Towson Patch fan She made me so happy today the 10th of November, I can hardly type with my hand She made my week, my month and each and every day I do not know how to thank her, there is no perfect way We know each other through the computer email Knowing her now makes me think, I will never fail She is kind beyond any words I surely do know She makes me feel so high; I will never ever be low She is a fine person who is nice enough to give an accolade My life she has added to with all the compliments she has made So Thank You dear new email delightful friend For you I have written this poem and I do send. Elita Sohmer Clayman 11-10-12
Elita Sohmer Clayman November 11, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Oh, it's an honor. I spent Friday and much of Saturday reading through your columns. I printed out several of them and gave them to my neighbors. My one neighbor just lost his wife and your writings lifted his heart. He is an accomplished pianist who studied at Julliard in the 1950s and he may create a piece based on your words Like · · Promote · about an hour ago · . . Elita Clayman
J Umbridge November 11, 2012 at 02:35 AM
In a brutal world, you make me happy. Thank you for your kind words, my new friend.
Elita Sohmer Clayman November 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM
My new article called Quitters mentions you amd will be published on Monday for sure, possibly tomorrow Sunday. Look for it. You will like it. Thanks for your uplifting comments. You are a great person. Did you read my little poem? Elita S.C.
J Umbridge November 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I loved it! Wonderful poem from a wonderful person.
Elita Sohmer Clayman November 12, 2012 at 03:36 PM
New column hopefully today 11-12-12 will be up soon today. It is all about my prize and you J. Umbridge.. Hope you see it soon. There were non on Saturday and Sunday, I wrote them, but no new articles were put on the weekend.
Elita Sohmer Clayman November 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
J Umbridge Where are you all this week? I am waiting to hear from you about the two articles that mentioned you... Elita
Elita Sohmer Clayman December 18, 2012 at 07:03 PM
J Umbridge have not heard from you in weeks.are you ok email me at elitajerrydancing@verizon. net immediately. xo. elita
Elita Sohmer Clayman December 23, 2012 at 01:57 AM
J Umbridge I am waiting to hear from you.Where have you been. Email me at elitajerrydancing@verizon.net. I would like to hear from you soon. Elita
Elita Sohmer Clayman February 09, 2013 at 03:15 AM
J Umbridge I am waiting for you to email me now for 3 months.. Please do so. elitajerrydancing@verizon.net.... I will appreciate hearing from you soon. fondly from Elita Sohmer Clayman this is about my fourth request to you!!!!!!!


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