JOHN FROM VANCOUVER

JOHN FROM VANCOUVER

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

John from Vancouver ... I like you.
Endurance. Persistence. Resilience.
Your demonstration of these traits was admirable and inspiring.
 I was "bettered" for having met you.
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At the peak of Black Elk, John from Vancouver, and his lovely wife Helen met us.
"Professorish" looking, studied, and serious, I put him somewhere in his mid to late 60's.
He appeared in good shape and donned familiar and seasonal tourist gear;
Curious George and the man with the "brown" hat instead of the yellow hat came to mind.
Hiker poles were in both his hands and he was enjoying a liberal scan of the spectacular landscape.
The pair struck up a quick and easy conversation with us.
Almost immediately I felt the wondrous flame of inspiration spark me.
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Only six months ago in March, dear Reader, John was undergoing a knee replacement.
The massive stitch line trailing across the entirety of his knee was extraordinary and clearly in an ongoing phase of healing.
John shared about his love for hiking with the sincere suggestion that his knee surgery wasn't an excuse to slow down and stop hiking, but reason to press on and keep hiking.
A hiker to the heart, he was adamant about seizing opportunity,
And silencing negativity,
Both within himself and others.
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Applause. Cheers. Accolades.
John is marching to the beat of a different drummer and I'm marching to the beat of a "distant" Drummer and we understand one another.
 I'm not at all surprised we should meet;
I'm destined for such encounters and many more to come.
Mmmm ...
God be praised for His holy rhythmic, steady beat and the joining and intertwining of courageous lives.
Such individuals are destined to gather,
To meet on a peak ...
And prevail.
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"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
-Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)
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