I want to pay tribute today to a man who lead an "enabled" life. Marty Ravelette, died this past week in a car accident. He was 67. Marty was a local landscaper in my hometown Chapel Hill, NC. He was hard working, kind and capable. He was also born without arms. Embracing a condition so many of us would consider a challenge or impediment to living, he lived fully. He had a large family he loved and remarkable self reliance. Marty asked more of his feet than the rest of us and in return discovered what they are capable of. In a touching photo essay, http://www.chapelhillnews.com/features/story/11018.htmlwe see him pouring gasoline into one of his tractors, sharing a meal with one of his grandchildren, and baiting a hook while fishing. All this with his toes. He made national news when he saved a woman from a burning car on a major highway in town. It seems to me that Marty was empowered with a deep sense of limitless possibilities. Determined to lead a full and meaningful life, he developed his body in ways others might see as impossible. He saw only the possible. http://
I put this posting in the “Enabling Others to Act” category becasue Marty's undaunted living is an inspiration to me to test my assumptions about my mind and my body, believe in possibilities, and focus on what can be, not what can’t be. It also reminds me how grateful I am for my healthy body. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
posted by Beth High