Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beautiful Free Bird


"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."  ~Epictetus

Linking with lovely Emily at Imperfect Prose.


Life with all its struggles and frustrations has a way of weighing us down, like mud from a landslide knocking us to the ground motionless in a stagnant place.  Then it becomes difficult to see ahead or even move forward from there.  I have found myself wallowing in this condition more times than I care to admit.

A while back I was there once again, stuck in a mound of self pity, facing another situation uncertain what direction to go next.  As I wondered why life always seems to be so hard, out of the blue something amazing happened.

Being an avid blogger, I occasionally receive random e-mails from people that I do not know.  Usually, commenting on my blog, or asking questions, but on this day it was something different.  I opened an e-mail from a young lady with a story that could move any heart from complacency to inspiration.

Her name is Rubi, and during her junior year in High School, she was in a devastating car accident.  The vehicle she was riding in hit a guardrail, flipped 3 times, and she was ejected out the window.  Both her back and shoulders were fractured, and her neck broken.  Now she is paralyzed from the chest down.  Her trunk control is very weak, and using her hands is difficult.  She can barely make a fist.  All the things that we do and take for granted everyday are a struggle for Rubi, yet like a beautiful free bird that always sees the horizon, she never looses site of hope.  She has been improving with therapy, but it is her artistic jewelry making that has strengthened her hands and her beautiful heart. 
She creates a lovely array of leather beaded wrap bracelets, and they are amazing.  Making the jewelry is a wonderful outlet for her to express herself.  You can take a look at her Etsy site for yourself.  You will not be dissapointed, I know I was not. 

Yes, life with all its struggles and hardships can weigh us down, like a heavy shroud we can barely see through, yet there are glimmers of inspiration that can penetrate the barriers that we undertake in our lives.  People like Rubi whose life is a message of inspiration and hope, like a carrier pigeon in flight.  I hear her beautiful message loud and clear, and I want to share it with the world.  We can choose to be defeated in our adversity or we can rise above it and defy the odds and statistics of this world.  We all have problems to deal with in our daily lives, some are more massive than others, yes, but we also each have hope that can carry us through.  Just ask Rubi, she knows this hope and holds it close with all the strength in her heart.


Meet Rubi and her beloved dog Koco.


These are my favorites!

Rubi site is called Beautiful Free Bird.


30 comments:

  1. This is a great post. I really enjoyed going through it.

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  2. Beautiful jewelry from a brave person! we oftentimes get positive reinforcements from people like her who remind us to keep smiling, fighting.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this story of Hope...I am going to check our her site...I love what I see already...blessings to you~

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  4. Beautiful story and beautiful jewelry. Thanks for introducing us to Rubi.

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  5. devastatingly beautiful story
    ....thanks for the inspire,
    Jennifer

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  6. Wonderful story, good luck Rubi, my prayers are with you!

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  7. I love that Rubi's site is called Beautiful Free Bird. We forget that our soul's are truly free regardless of how broken our bodies are. She is a testimony to that truth. Thanks so much for this inspiring story, Carrie!

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  8. This story is really inspiring, Carrie. Thank you.

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  9. wow, she has some amazing jewelry. She is truly an inspiration, thank you for sharing her story. Life is hard, but when you hear of people like Rubi who have overcome so much and yet is doing so much it really puts things into perspective.

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  10. thanks for sharing such an inspiring story! love it and the hope it portrays.
    steph

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  11. what a beautiful girl, beautiful soul, beautiful jewelry, and a beautiful tribute you wrote to her.

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  12. nice...that is one of the beautiful things about blogging...or really any way we reach out and open up to community...we touch each other with our stories....this is lovely carrie...

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  13. she seems to embody the spirit of not losing heart that ourwardly we are wasting away yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day ...thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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  14. Dear Carrie,
    trust you to find the beautiful and free spirits. Rubi looks gorgeous inside and out.

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  15. This was an inspiring post. It makes me proud to be a blogger and hopeful I will be used for the glory of God.

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  16. I love it when people seem to really believe: there is much for which to be thankful, and it could always be worse. I want to be more like that. Thanks, Carrie, for sharing Rubi with us.

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  17. oh carrie thank you so much for sharing rubi with us. i've missed you friend. i pray God lifts you up and holds you close. and your sweet boy, too.

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  18. Carrie,

    A most heartwarming story of great bravery in the midst of such trauma.
    Rubi is a very brave girl....
    It is easy to become caught up in our own issues, but sometimes Carrie we need to get down to a point, where we can feel the energy to then rise up:)
    Good Wishes to you Carrie,
    Eileen

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  19. what a beautiful girl! thank you for sharing with us.

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  20. What a beautiful and inspiring story!

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  21. What a brave spirit and beautiful young woman. I love her jewelry, too.

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  22. I will definitely take a walk on over to Rubi's etsy shop. Thanks for this post. It was inspiring to be sure.

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  23. What a beautiful post! I will go visit Rubi! Her spirit is amazing and beautiful! Thank you Carrie for sharing this heartfelt story! :D

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  24. We can be weighted down with sin and be a prisoner in our tortured life unless we choose God and become a Beautiful Free Bird. Wonderful post. God bless you.

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  25. I love those cute pieces. For sure they will look good on me too. lol

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  26. What a beautiful girl who makes beauty with her hands.

    Hope all is well.

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  27. This is utterly inspirational and I have just favourited her site on Etsy, I'll definitely be buying a bracelet from her in the future. Thanks for sharing this. xxx

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  28. Inspirational indeed, but lets all hope stem cell therapy will soon be available to regrow her spinal nerves!

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