I read a book once called "Walking on Water". It's about an elite Pediatric Surgical Unit. They mostly do heart surgery. The head surgeon is Roger Mee. These guys are doing heart surgery, bypasses, transplants, fixes on week old babies. So everything is smaller, and faster and more precise. In one part of the book they ask one of the surgeons if his goal is to do everything perfectly. He said :
"A surgeon's quest is not for perfection but for grace. Grace is a moment of clarity. You're not yourself, you're an instrument of something else."
You're better than perfect, you're doing something better than you can do it. The cooks I've talked about it in the past call it "The Dance", others call it "The Zone". If you're in it, everything works, your timing is right, nothing is wasted, you're relaxed, you don't really think about it, you're ON. A friend of mine who was a brain surgeon, one of the best in the world, said "It's like watching someone else do it but you know it's your hands that you're watching." There's always a rhythm to it. It sounds like the start of "We will Rock you" or "Sweet home Alabama" or one of those Rap songs that has such a good beat, that the words are lost. It's there but you can't quite hear it. Like one of those cars with a kicker box playing really loud music pulling up beside you with the windows rolled up, all you can hear is the beat, but you can't make out the song. Sometimes it happens with something you're good at and sometimes it happens with something you can't really do. I was playing basketball with some guys one day and I could have beaten anybody, anybody. All I had to do is throw the ball near the basket and it went in. I even bounced it off the rafters of the gym and it went in. That was my first and last great day of basketball. This kind of thing is really amazing when it's a team or a group of people that are all ON together. Somehow everything works together, their timing is right, everyone's effort is concentrated in the same place, nothing is wasted.
God's like that: God uses everything. A lot of times we hear people say "God has a reason for everything". That's supposed to make us feel better when something bad happens. They say: "I know you broke your arm, but God has a reason for it, you'll thank him for it later." No you won't! You'll think: "for some reason God broke my arm? Why couldn't he just tell me?" That's a bad way to think about it. The best way to think about it is "I broke my arm, but God can use that." Maybe he will put me in a place where I help someone else or maybe he'll teach me something? Maybe I'm supposed to meet somebody? Who knows? The point is that nothing is wasted, even the bad stuff. God is always ON. God uses everything. What should you do? Watch, and wait, pay attention! And see what God will do. The Adventure starts today!!
I got next game! I think I'm feeling it again……
How about saving a kid's life!!
When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.
Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.
Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).
Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.
Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.