Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate’s Morning Message! I hope this email finds you well, refreshed and ready to greet a new week with a renewed spirit. Some of you reading this might still be digging yourself out of the snow that hit the country last week…or you could be here in Arizona and enjoyed finally being able to wear your favorite sweater! Wherever you are, it’s a new week with new opportunities to be present, focused, compassionate, kind and patient. Opportunities to recommit, refocus, adjust your sites and get after whatever it is your heart desires. Make the moments count…that is where the magic lives. Let’s make it a great week!
On Sunday, September 16th, Nerissa Cannon summited her first Colorado 14er. Nerissa is in a wheelchair and cannot use her legs, but that wasn’t going to stop her. For 7 brutal miles, Nerissa found a path forward, over rocks, through loose dirt and willows, to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt.
Twenty-seven people from different parts of Colorado rallied together, many of whom Nerissa had never met before that day, to help her reach the top. Nerissa recently attended What’s Your Everest, an adaptive climbing event and fundraiser for No Barriers. It proved to be strong motivation to continue on a path of living with purpose, and of course, climbing.
Connor Koch, who completed his own No Barriers pledge to summit all of the 14ers in Colorado, was on hand to join Nerissa’s rope team. He described the sense of community and support as an emotional experience:
“I’m failing to find the right words. I’m grateful and honored. Special recognition goes to Braden Wahr. When the summit ridge became too steep and treacherous for the wheelchair, Braden carried Nerissa on his back, at 14,000 feet, up loose rock, to help her complete the journey to the summit. I’ve never seen anything so powerful.”
For Nerissa, this accomplishment is only the beginning. Her goal is to “roll” across the United States next summer. Starting on the west coast and following Route 66 to Chicago and then on to Boston, she would be the first woman to cross the country in a wheelchair.
“My purpose in the cross-country roll is to show what I can do because of my wheelchair. Without my wheelchair, the majority of my life would not be possible. I want to start changing the conversation from ‘wheelchairs are limiting’ to ‘wheelchairs enable’ and ‘wheelchairs are empowering.’”
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
“The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!” - Joyce Meyer
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” - Aristotle
Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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