Sep 28, 2020
Carla Hannaford is a hero to me. You might not know her, but if you’ve ever read anything I’ve ever written, you have read something inspired by her. You see, Carla is the author of a little book called Smart Moves. It’s a book on how moving can help children learn, grow, and heal their brains. I once asked for guidance on how I could train to become bulletproof, Carla’s book is the book that connected the dots for me. I remember some of those dot connections still today.
“Crawling makes an efficient brain.”
“An efficient brain leads to an efficient moving body.”
“Crawling can help children overcome ADD and ADHD.”
Boom! The rest is a history that I now call Original Strength. Anyway, I recently got to have a conversation with Carla thanks to a guardian angel. I had wanted to tell her “Thank you” for years and I finally got my chance on the Original Strength BodCast.
I gushed all over her. It was amazing. She tolerated me! She is such a wonderful teacher and such a great person. During the show, she was teaching me through her presence. She was full of grace, wisdom, kindness, and passion. There was a comforting steadiness about her.
And that was her lesson for me. She is steady and not afraid. We talked about aging, coronavirus, and fear. We talked about living in a world full of anger, fear, and “new-ness.”
But Carla is steady in that world. She is steady because of what she knows and how she lives.
The day before our talk she hiked 9 miles up a mountain with an elevation change of 3000 ft. She did it with friends, people she could share her joy and time with. As she was telling me this, she said, “I’m 76 and everything works.”
Carla also told me how fear lowers our immune system, it actually changes the polarity of our cells. Not only that, it shuts our brains down from rational thinking. This somehow leads us to the coronavirus and Carla just said, “I’m not afraid.” Then she said, it was sincere. I could feel her courage.
I’m not afraid.
I know this may not be a big deal to you, but for me, my hero, a person who had almost everything to do with the trajectory of my life is actually living the life I believe we are all capable of living. She’s living the life we are all designed to live. She’s living the life I want for myself.
When I’m 76, when I’m 97, tomorrow, next week, today, I want to be able to say, “Everything works and I’m not afraid.”
Do you see it?
Everything works and I’m not afraid - this is the call of the wild from within. This is my heart's desire. I suspect it may also be your heart's desire. It’s beautiful. It’s possible. And, it’s meant to be ours.
Thank you, Carla.