by Chad Hymas
On April 3, 2001, Chad was involved in a serious accident leaving him a quadriplegic. Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day.
Each day of my rehabilitation, I gained confidence and ability. Having lost all strength in my stomach muscles, I found it nearly impossible to maintain my balance
if I leaned to one side or the other. Sitting on a mat with my legs straight in front of me, I would attempt to raise my hands, first one inch, then two.
Raising one arm ever so slightly was enough to topple me sideways. I hadn’t the strength to sit back up again on my own. I soon realized that my center was my trunk,
my chest. If I maintained balance there, I could incrementally work at raising my arms. Soon, understanding this concept, I could raise both arms shoulder level.
Interestingly enough, the chest is where the heart is. For me, it became a balance point. In life, it is the pivot point for us all.
When we get off course in our lives, and we lean too far to one side, we lose our center. We lose our ability to be solid in our decision-making. It’s a tricky
predicament in which to find ourselves; once leaning slightly, now falling, fast and hard. I found it is more difficult to get up after a fall like that, than it is to avoid it
As the months and years have passed, my ability to stay centered and stay balanced has increased. Now I can lift my arms, turn myself to look at things, lean down on
my knees to gesture, or move items on my lap. The key is knowing my center. As long as I remember this, I can pivot my movements, and balance and leverage my
weight. I can accomplish the things I set out to do.
Similarly, we must find our own personal center. In our busy lives, when we feel pushed and pulled in so many different directions, we must have a sense of center. Every
question of action, every dilemma of circumstance, every request for our attention, must be assessed from that point.
As leaders we look for individuals who are consistent, and who have an intentioned sense of balance. Centeredness is a priceless quality. Recognizing what is at a
person’s core, especially what is at your own core, is invaluable.
There is value in being centered, in being solid, and in knowing your personal boundaries. If you don’t know what is at your core, find out. Wrap your life around
a moral compass that gives you direction for your true north.
Your heart is your center. The more centered you are, the wider you can spread your wings. Strengthen those muscles!
Until next time… Believe