Numbers have been a huge part of my life. At work I was a numbers guy. I am a die-hard baseball fan, and baseball is a game of numbers, of percentages. My life is a series of Excel spread sheets, bound together in alpha-numeric code.
So, what numbers are important to me?
I’ll start with the easiest one …. today’s date …. 11-22, which happens to be my birthday. To some people who like to play with numbers, these are allegedly significant, both are “prime” numbers and if added together (33) together they become the trilogy of prime numbers 11-22-33 …… some have told me because of these numbers I am forever blessed. I never believed it until my heart transplant happened ….. I am a walking, talking miracle, regardless of these numbers. I still believe it was God’s miracle though … not the miracle of numbers.
Of course birthdays are associated with age …. and I’m a year older, though I don’t feel it this morning. Some days I wake up and feel 18 …. other days it’s more like 81. We are as old as we feel.
Probably one of my biggest numbers in the past 4+ years is the number, 1,293. One thousand, two hundred and ninety-three. And interesting number by itself and some might think that something significant happened on Jan 2nd, 1993 or in Dec, 1993. My memory doesn’t recall any thing spectacular happening then. No, these numbers come from my heart transplant. At my transplant center, I was the 1,293rd person to have been blessed with a new heart. The numbers 1,293 remind me daily of the miracle I am living. These numbers are also the “pet name” I call my anonymous donor …… I don’t know if my anonymous donor was a Linda or a Larry …. but I am thankful and also emotionally grateful to this person regardless of their true name.
And, if you are wondering, person 1,544 was transplanted last week. I pray that this number grows daily ….. there are too many friends of mine on the waiting list.
At the end of the day, I am a year older today ……. and I will thank, I will pray for …. from the bottom of my borrowed heart …… my hero, my anonymous friend, my number 1-2-9-3. May God always bless his or her soul!
It’s their day, as much as it is mine!