Cook: Semper Gumby
Since my shoulder surgery, I have been to a local physical therapist several times a week. I have confirmed that this therapist must have been a "dungeon master" at a castle in some prior lifetime! I am still secretly peeking behind doors looking for "the rack."
I know, you are thinking the old adage: no pain, no gain. That's true. Doesn't change things for me — I still hate pain, and I admit I am a wimp. But I do the flexing/stretching exercises anyway. I want to get back to where I was when this whole adventure started for me.
The experts call it resiliency. The ability to spring back to shape.
I had the privilege of being a chaplain to Marines for eight years. Their motto is "Semper Fidelis," or "Semper Fi" for short: "always faithful" in Latin.
But sometimes things don't go as planned. So, when the situation "goes south," the Marines have another saying: "Semper Gumby." Always flexible. (If I have to explain that to you, you are too young).
We need to be able to bend and not break. Then we can bounce back from whatever life dishes out.
Semper Fi. Now that is something to think about.
Tom Cook is a volunteer chaplain for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Forest Grove Police Department.
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