You see, there's an old saying that when you wake up in the morning and you can wiggle your toes then it's a good day because you're alive. Lately, I've had a lot of good days. Waking up in the morning, being able to wiggle my toes, is only the beginning.

For many months I had been having difficulty with minor chores around the house, but lately I have been able to accomplish more and more each day. To be able to vacuum the carpets and complete that task and one day might seem like a minor accomplishment to many but for me it's a big deal. Being able to assemble a piece of DIY furniture had also been the furthest thing from my mind. Yesterday, I was able to accomplish both.

Those ideas moved me to work harder, to improve my physical abilities. Over the last month and a half I have been working nonstop towards the goal of  of being able to walk at Moving Day without the use of assistive devices. Part of that effort dictated that I accomplished the small goals around the house since they focus on me being independent.

As independent that we all want to be, we are still very dependent on family. I knew a little secret about my family's desires in surprising me by their appearance at Moving Day. Still though, when my parents and my sister, Michelle, peered their heads from around the doorway, it was I who was moved. Their willingness to drive 500 miles to be here to support me touched my heart. They didn't have to come, but they did.

When we look for motivation in accomplishing any goal family is typically a motivating factor at the top of the list. It might sound cliché, but they are at the top of my list. I'm inspired by my wife, my parents, my sisters and their husbands and their children. I know whatever work I need to do to get better that they will be there to support me whether I reach my goal or fall just short of it. While this event is a culmination of lots of work, it is just the beginning.

I am told that I inspire others, that what I do makes a difference. But what makes a difference in my life is knowing all the people that are there for me whether I've asked them to or not. So, if you are reading this right now, be assured in knowing that you have made a difference in my life. That when I wiggle my toes in the morning I am wiggling them not only for me but for each of you. Thank you for inspiring me.