Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass.The spring will come. ~ Robert H. Schuller.
Our mission or life purpose is much like kittens and puppies. They often choose us. Adjusting our life to accommodate these changes can be stormy, challenging, uncomfortable, and at times downright painful, but the lessons learned from the choices are a big part of our soul’s journey.
Dr. Terry Gordoknows a thing or two about storms because he has survived a few in his lifetime. Emotional tornadoes knocked him over but could not keep him down. Terry, as he prefers to be called, is a Hay House author who penned, “No Storm Lasts Forever,” the forward of which is written by the late great Dr. Wayne Dyer.
One of Dr. Terry Gordon’s missions in life has been saving the lives of our most precious resource, our children. After the tragic cardiac death of Josh Miller, a 15 year old football player, Terry helped to raise funds to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in every junior and high school in his community. For his efforts, the American Heart Association named him the National Physician of the Year 2002. He is a .
What is an AED and what do they do?
An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. It restarts the heart once it has stopped beating. Heart attacks are not only for the elderly.They happen to children and young adults, too.
In the past few years, there have been more and more occurrences of students getting hit in the chest during sporting events and going into cardiac arrest. Although accidents do happen during sports a heart attack can be prevented if an AED is present and within reach at the event.
Had an AED been present at the time of Josh Miller’s football accident he might still be alive.
Josh Miller’s accident hit so close to home for Dr. Terry Gordon that he and his family raised enough money to place an AED in every school and every police car in his hometown.
AEDs are extremely necessary in police vehicles because police are usually the first people to reach an emergency scene.
“These AED devices in cop cars have already saved several lives, young and old.” Terry is proud to announce. However, Dr. Terry Gordon’s intentions are bigger than local. His next step is to take the AED to a national level.
“Might as well save as many lives as possible,” Terry says.
If you agree please help by sharing this article with your local schools, parents, police force and anyone who would like to see their loved ones live a long and prosperous life, because their future may only be one heartbeat away from an Automated External Defibrillator.
It is said that the fruit seldom falls far from the tree. This is never more evident than by the description written by Terry’s daughter of her father. Mattie-Rose is an experienced educator in grades Kindergarten through 12, so she has been involved in her father’s mission to save the lives of students. As an Executive Business Administrative Assistant, Mattie-Rose also knows the business side of making dreams come true. Mattie-Rose Gordon writes,
“I have been blessed to have a father who has shown what it means to care and love for others so deeply. Cardiology was his profession but his genuine heart, his love, and the incredible strength my dad possesses; evident each time there’s a storm that comes his way and each time he takes the lessons he’s learned through his experience. He has taught me the most valuable lessons in my life, will always remain my hero, and will be the person I strive to be.”
As a physician who has dealt with life and death on a daily basis, Terry understands that life is precious and can change in an instant. He and his family experienced first-hand such a dramatic shift when his son Tyler was involved in an automobile accident, sustaining a severe spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed.
When asked about his feelings concerning such tragedies in life Dr. Terry Gordon says, “I learned that when adversity comes our way, it is how we respond to the difficulty that determines who we become. Life experiences become calamities only if we make the conscious decision to make tragedies out of them. Rather than lamenting so-called adversities, we can choose to be grateful for them. We can embrace them and accept them as gifts from the Divine. They can provide fertile soil for growth and enlightenment.”
Dr. Terry Gordon led his family through the storm and the journey has resulted in a spiritual awakening to a clearer understanding of life, the truths it has to offer one of which is, no matter how big, how severe, or how painful, “No Storm Lasts Forever.”
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