There are people we meet who leave an impact on us.
After a particularly stressful week, I have been feeling overextended & quite honestly, a little sorry for myself.
And then I met Anne.
Anne lives in the same retirement residence as my Mom. She suffered a stroke 3 years ago, after being left unattended after surgery. One might think she would be full of anger & resentment, filled with rage at the unfairness of her situation.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps she has private moments of self-pity, but every time I run into this beautiful person, she is filled with a positive energy that would put most of us to shame.
Grateful for her life, grateful for the sun shining, expressing concern for others & all but brushing aside her limitations as a result of her stroke.
Without the use of her left side, she has learned to adapt. On any given day, you can find her slowly make her way down the hall in her wheelchair. When asked if she would like some help, she will cheerfully tell you she is just fine.
What a bright light she is for those of us indulging in a pity party.
There is a lot of talk these days about the listening to what the Universe is telling us. Paying attention to those little day-to-day indicators & using them as a guide in conducting our life.
I believe running into Anne yesterday was the Universe tossing a thunderbolt at me. A reminder of how very grateful I am to have the good health that I do. A wake up call that despite my challenging week, I am blessed in more ways that I can count.
I have posted this link before but interestingly it showed up in a friend’s facebook feed this past week. Another gentle nudge from the Universe perhaps.
I gift it to as we approach the weekend. It’s worth the watch.