Where it Really Begins…
It was a perfect sunny day, not too hot, and the smell of freshly cut grass floated in the air. A true Midwestern experience signalling that winter is over; nothing hits the senses quite like that tantalizing grassy aroma to confirm the arrival of a season change. The grey skies of the long winter are finally over for the next few months.
The two year girl wanted nothing more than to get outdoors to brighten her spirits after being cooped up inside all day. She wasn’t feeling well, and her parents were keeping her inside as a precaution while vast acres of lawn were being mowed on their property.
Insistent, as toddlers can be, the little girl begged and pleaded with her parents all day to be allowed outside. At last, her parents yielded. They took their young daughter outside with her three brothers and sat beside one in the sandbox, while rest of the children were a few feet away on the swing-set. They were watching them play happily, but in the blink of an eye, such an innocent snapshot of family life turned horribly wrong.
A crash, a thud, blood and screams - in the fragility of a moment, a life was changed forever.
The little girl had been run over by a riding mower just as the teenage boy driving it was finishing the final few feet of grass. Inches in either direction of the chewing blades and her life would have been over. She survived, but after an initial hospitalization of a month, she was sent home with a horribly mangled leg that she couldn’t even walk on.
Moments enter all of our lives when sudden, unchangeable, unfixable events present themselves, and we are left with deep-rooted acceptance of what has happened.
At the age of two, the course of this young girl’s life was forever altered; a piece of innocence was ripped away; and the reality of life’s harshness — and occasional downright violence — displayed itself.
I was that two-year-old girl. Yes — me, Anne Ribley. I tell this story because I believe the catastrophe I survived represents a similar catharsis in every person’s life. I have not only lived through it; I continue to receive the gifts of who I have become because of it. I want others to know the same possibilities exist for them.
I do believe, at some point in everyone’s life, the great lawn mower of life happens. It can happen in a snap or in the slow, churning way that makes it hard to pinpoint when it could have taken another direction. Life’s trajectory can change, placing us somewhere we don’t want to be, as it reveals its true power.
When someone we love is taken, when an unspeakable act occurs, when hearts get broken or the loss of self steals our hopes and dreams, we have to make the decision to change our lives. Whatever way the unthinkable, the unchangeable, or the stifling of life happens, the truth is – it has, it will, and it does. It’s all part of the journey.
My physical abilities continue to defy convention. I not only walk easily, I live with high functionality. Considering the way my leg looks on an X-ray, Orthopedic Surgeons have no explanation for my capabilities, let alone the fact I don’t live under the cloud of heavy duty narcotic painkillers! I live completely drug-free. Today, instead of being defined by my childhood accident, I am a refined woman because of it.
I share my journey with you because it is our journey - the journey we are all on, in our own individual ways. This is the path that belongs to each of us in the imperfectly perfect way. No matter who or where we are, to honor life is to pick up the pieces of ‘what is’ today, whether they are messy, illogical or stagnant, and make something extraordinary out of this incredible gift of life.
I extend to you my own sources of reflection. Please take your time and meander through my Inspiration Trails to find what inspires you to activate truth and authenticate love on your journey.
May you make your life a moving, dreaming statement of what inspires you and feels truthful. A truthful life is probably the most liberating gift we can give ourselves.
May your life’s moments begin to capture your heart’s deeply held dreams and begin to make sense of truth for you!
A truthful life is about your dreams and may they become your compass to guide you on your destiny!
About Anne Ribley
As an accomplished writer and business entrepreneur, Anne Ribley aims to inspire transformation for those seeking to live an empowered life.
By her early twenties, Anne was writing and publishing her own health and lifestyle newspaper that attracted a paid annual circulation of over a million readers. This publication owes its 18 years of success to her unique voice and understanding of well-being, a wholesome lifestyle, and how the health with the body, mind and soul translates to an equally healthy outward life.
Anne’s unique perspective has been garnered through her own personal journey overcoming life’s adversity. At the age of two, she was run over by a riding lawn mower, leaving her right leg mutilated. She spent much of her childhood undergoing painful surgeries and lengthy rehabilitations. Yet what could have proved a tragic event has instead become a source of inspiration to Anne, and everyone she encounters.
Anne is currently working on multiple creative endeavors designed to help others empower “soul stamina” which is the core teachings for her course the Soul Stamina Plan journey. Other ventures for Anne include writing books, movies, and developing Empower11, a multi-media inspiration and transformation platform co-founded with her soul mate and business partner, Jack Voorheis.
Anne co-hosts Empower11 Show now on iHeart Radio where the conversation explores how to balance your inside health and wellbeing with your outside life. Topics include love, purpose, wealth, health and relationships. Enriching the lives of others has always been one of Anne’s passions. She is thrilled to be part of a growing number of global creative movements that activate truth and authenticate love in our lives.
Anne loves spending time with her partner and two boys. She adores the Santa Barbara area because it’s serene natural beauty provides a continuing source of inspiration and creativity.