Another Installment In, “My Israel Adventure Prep”–
My Trusty Helper.
It’s the substitute for my mobility. In a very real way, an extension of my own body. The inspiration behind the title for this blog.
Should it break down or malfunction in any way (as happens on occasion), I become literally powerless, with no destination in sight.
Leaving it out of my eyesight causes me extreme panic.
A very precious commodity indeed!
What am I referring to?
My power chair, of course! (Never to be confused with an electric chair!).
So here I am – conceptualizing traveling together with my faithful “friend”. How will I bring it with me? It certainly won’t fit under the seat ahead of me, nor in the overhead storage area!
And sitting in it will not be an option, because it would block the aisle. I can just imagine all of the passengers climbing around, over and under me in order to get to the bathroom! No, no, no! Not happening!
What actually happens is, the airline personnel supply me with a “transfer chair”. This is a mini- manual wheelchair in which they pull me onto the actual aircraft. My preassigned helpers manually transfer me (a “pivot transfer”) into this miniature chair from my own power chair. After pulling me up the aisle and settling me beside my preassigned seat, I’m blessed with another manual transfer so that I gracefully land in my seat for the next 10 hours.
Back to my power chair, which was left back at the cargo door. Problem – the maximum height allowance is 31 inches. The back of my chair? 42 inches. So, after investigating various options, the best method will be for my wife to dismantle the entire back of my power chair. The now disassembled chair is ready to be loaded onto the plane, together with the other cargo.
All of these things must be accomplished within five minutes. They load us first, under the impatient stares of the airline personnel, and who knows how many passengers.
I can just picture the scene. Numerous airline personnel, barking instructions, reminders and orders. A few hundred passengers, including nervous fathers, pulled-in-many-directions mothers, rambunctious children and aloof businessmen.
Talk about pressure!
But maybe there’s a lesson in all this.
About how to keep our wits about us even when the world is crashing down around us! How to remain cool, calm and collected when intense pressure threatens to take us over!
The key is, place your trust in Hashem, and then, trust yourself. Trust that you have what it takes to banish your fear and to hold tight to the immense strength within you!