Doing … The Work of Heart!!!

“It’s OK to think about what you want to do until it’s time to start doing what you were meant to do.”

The above line was in the 2002 movie, “The Rookie”, that starred Dennis Quiad as a 35-year-old striving to get to pitch in the major leagues. For you non-baseball fans, that is about the age most pitchers are retiring.

This post has nothing to do with baseball. It has to do with my mindset the year after my transplant. My life went 180 degrees in a matter of 4 weeks as I had a heart attack, triple by-pass surgery, a heart transplant, attached to an ECMO machine and then a slow recovery. One of the first people I remember meeting after I regained consciousness was a volunteer. He helped me in ways I’ll always be grateful for. He gave me hope.

And, I needed a huge dose of HOPE!!

The recovery was difficult. I cried almost daily. I was an emotional disaster. It was 2 steps forward and one back for the first 6 months or so. Then I seemed to graduate and take 3 or 4 steps forward and one back …. I was a work in progress.

While I was still in the hospital it became EXTREMELY evident that I’d never go back to work at the place that had provided me a lifetime of income and 38+ years of fun. So, as I recovered, I planned my retirement … the date, the finances, the health insurance …. I analyzed everything.

And, while doing all this analysis and planning, I worried and wondered …. after retirement … WHAT”S NEXT?

I had been asking God for some guidance …. to show me the light.

That’s when it happened ….. in rapid succession …… I was watching the above mentioned movie (The Rookie) and heard the above quote. The next day I had my first annual heart cath and my doctor said, “You need to do something …. go and volunteer …. live life.”

In those 2 days I had my guidance … “START DOING WHAT YOU ARE MEANT TO DO.”

It was then I decided to volunteer …. almost 5 years ago.

It is the BEST job I’ve ever had and I have met some of the most WONDERFUL people alive!!! If I was offered $100,000 a year to do what I’m doing now, I’d decline and continue to do this volunteer work for free!!

I am blessed and I give thanks for those blessings daily.

It is what I was MEANT TO DO!!! It is truly a WORK OF HEART!! (Thank you, God!!!)

Work of Heart


About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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2 Responses to Doing … The Work of Heart!!!

  1. WOW! You are giving back with your open new heart and that is the best feeling in the world!
    Keep up the Awesome work for those who need inspiration.
    You are truly a very special man! your friend, Rise’

  2. What an amazing and courageous journey you’re on!
    I love the passion and purpose you display in your life ~ it’s truly an inspiration!
    <3~ Andrea

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