It's a cold, dark, rainy early morn in the sleepy little town of Hope, British Columbia. And I listen to the rain as it taps and dances and splashes upon the bedroom window. In this moment of quiet solitude, I reflect upon the ongoing significance of my journey back to this other world, my other home, my other reality.
I'm staying with my dear friend Heather and her husband Wayne, a gentleman I've known for a very short time. Yet, time enough to understand that through all the adversity he has endured, flickers the flame that will not give negativity permission to dominate and overwhelm his life. With the ongoing support of his remarkable wife, Wayne has understood, that through trauma and tragedy, we have choices. Wayne knows he can and he must give himself permission to be positive.
A few days ago, Wayne and I went off to the local shop. We got to talking to the lady behind the counter. During our good natured chat, she mentioned that her husband was in a tribute band that did 'AC/DC' songs. Naturally, the name of the tribute band is, 'Eh C/DC'. "Ah yes", I mentioned, "AC/DC the band that did a song titled, 'Highway to Hell'. Well, I suppose we're on the highway to Hope."
Wayne and I headed back down the road and back to their beautiful home. A home nestled amongst the breathtaking beauty of Mount Hope and Mount Ogilvie. I walked along and Wayne wheeled along. Yet, I do not see this man now confined to a wheelchair. For, I see beyond the wheelchair and what I see is Wayne. His eyes tell the story of a man trying to move on from the shackles of his physical restraint. And deep down inside, I know he senses that the magic of imagination, the spirit of creativity, can never be allowed to be stifled. Through such a trying time, Wayne will become a stronger man, a better man, for he knows he can make it so.
I'm not here for a holiday. I'm not here for a sightseeing trip No, this is a deeply profound and inspirational experience that I believe is clear demonstration of humanity at its finest. Through transparency and the desire to create a positive environment, Heather and Wayne, you and me, can find a way.
Indeed, life is truly about choice. We choose the highway that determines how we travel through our lives. So, do we choose the highway to hell, or do we take take the highway to hope?