By Jay Sprinkel
Jay Sprinkel is a founding board member of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. He is a friend of many Rheumatoid Disease patients and his humor and inspirational comments have been beneficial to the over 20,000 members of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior Facebook page since near to its beginning.
In this post Jay describes the walk of a Rheumatoid Disease patient. He or she must fight the RD battle as well as of the battle of everyday life.
Once more into the breach OR I walk in beauty?
When I walk out the front door I sometimes quote King Henry V “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” But my personality has me much more inclined to quote a Navajo prayer about beauty, “In beauty may I walk”. One quote is to prepare for battle and one is to immerse oneself in beauty. Sometimes we head out to engage in our battles – at the infusion centers or doctors or just struggling to do common tasks that are hard for us. And the blessed other times are to go out and enjoy the beauty of the world. I placed a very nice photo of our favorite nature trail by the front door and under it I framed the Navajo prayer.
But I think I also need to have a photo and Shakespeare’s text from Henry V when it’s time to do battle. I can’t think of a picture to represent going out to do battle. For example going to the infusion center isn’t a battle – I go to see the caring nurses I love. Our battles are invisible. Maybe there is no photo to hang for our battles. I’ll just repeat as always, “Once more into the breach…”, but try to focus on the Navajo prayer.
In beauty may I walk…
In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.
Beautifully will I possess again.
Beautifully birds . . .
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.
With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below me, may I walk.
With beauty all around me, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
KING HENRY V:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger