How about 11 straight Years of Sleep??? I was reading about this guy Jesus Aparicio who was in a car crash back in 2004 and awoke from a coma just recently on August 27; can you believe his name is “Jesus” (I’m sure not pronounced the same way as the Saviour :o) Jesus went into a coma at 18 years old and woke up at 34. The article was very brief; didn’t give much details about Jesus’s background or what caused the horrific accident that put him in a coma or whether or not Jesus could provide any insight about his “11 straight years of sleep”.
The article only mentioned that when Jesus awoke, he called his mother and asked her about his idol, tennis star Roger Federer. Jesus said, "It came like a flash to my mind and I asked about Roger.” Now as I’m reading this article, I’m thinking, “really – who wakes up from a coma and ask about tennis”? But as I process it a little deeper, it makes since that Jesus didn’t ask about his 11 years of hardship; he probably has no recollection of it. More than likely he will not remember the impact of the crash, daily reminders made evident by the scars on his body or even the looks on his loved ones face as their hopes for his recovery demises each day as the months turn into 11 years.
When Jesus woke up, in his mind, he was starting where he left off, before the hardship, before the pain, before the unwelcomed journey. Now of course I’m not suggesting that being in a coma is ever a good thing, but wouldn’t it be great if we could “sleep through hardship when it comes”? When something unpleasant impacts our life, we could just “put it on pause” and “turn it back on” when it’s over. We would have no recollection of the pain, the suffering and adversity. Of course we can’t do this, but what we can do is change the way we see the pain; we can choose our response to it. When we do this, we are essentially defining its’ residual impact on our life when it’s over. The next time you experience hardship, instead of asking about the negative (what caused the accident?; have my friends all abandoned me?), ask about the positive (now that I’m “awake”, what can I learn? ; is the one I love the most still with me?).
When Jesus went into the coma, his Idol Roger Federer was great, but not the best. When he awoke, his Idol had become one of the world’s best tennis players. Let’s “wake up” and see the best in everything that we experience, even the “bad”. And for the record, when we wake up 11 years from now, Serena will still be the "baddest" female tennis player on the planet; at least in my dreams anyway :o)