Chad has always been inspired by quotes. I find them inspiring too, but I can never remember them well enough to use them! He can rattle off at least 15 of his favorite quotes at any given moment and uses them to motivate him in most everything he does. Through our journey with Elena we have both used quotes and scripture to keep us going and give us a new perspective on any given situation that we are facing. He sent me this quote yesterday and it was a goodie.
“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation.” -Jack Nicklaus
Chad asked me yesterday if I still get sad sometimes. Of course I do. I told him I would think it strange if we didn’t get sad at times. We laughed that it’s good though that we don’t still lose it 20 times throughout the day like we used to. Just because the wound isn’t still fresh doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hurt and won’t leave a permanent scar. We are adjusting to our new reality. However, this quote struck a chord with me. Even though we are growing accustomed to Elena’s challenges, we can NEVER stop raising our expectations and aspirations for her. She will continue to achieve as long as we keep pushing her.
Thanks for the motivation yesterday, Jack.