Unfair Advantage, jeff noel

Unfair advantage goes to jeff noel and his nine-year old son.

What the? Huh?

Yes, unfair. Completely unfair.

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s an absolute and utter competitive advantage.

Depends on how you view the cup.

Frequently (way too frequently) our son has migratory joint pain. It lasts from a few hours to a few days. It infests his ankle, pinky finger, wrist, knee, elbow, palm, foot, shoulder, and sometimes his hip.

And, it picks one single location, not all simultaneously. Just one.

Whenever it impacts from the waist down, it will limit his mobility. Doesn’t stop him, just limits him.

Ever seen a three-legged dog?

Sometimes he’s a one-legged boy. Everyone at his school gets it. It’s Chapin. He’s special.

Outside of familiar surroundings, people think there’s something wrong – “Why don’t his parents take him to a doctor and get him checked, and fixed”?

Dude, you have no earthly idea how many doctors, treatments, tests, x-rays, needles, medicines he’s seen.

But my wife and I have.

And even so, we feel blessed beyond measure.

And, ironically, as I type this, Jeremy Camp’s “There Will Be A Day” is playing….. There will be a day, with no more tears, no more pain, no more fears. There will be a day, when the burdens of this place will be no more and we’ll see Jesus face to face…:

To be continued…..Meanwhile, carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.

1 comment

  1. Jeff,

    When I was young after my accident you would think that the pain would end there. But it didn’t. It continued on for many years to come. Today when the occasional phantom pain returns it seems so insignificant compared to what I already triumphed over. You well know that pain of any kind both emotionally and physically is part of the cycle of life. I am sorry that Chapin has to figure that out at such a young age but rest assured that he’ll triumph and come out the other end that much stronger. When I think about the title of your blog “unfair advantage” I can only interpret it the way I see it and that is the moments of pain are unfair but in the long run we become stronger and advantaged as a result. Remember my favorite quote from niche “that which does not destroy us makes us stronger”.
    God Bless


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