Archive for August 23rd, 2014

How I Want to Be

On April 14th of this year, I had major surgery to remove my thyroid gland. I was discharged from the hospital two days later. Two days after my discharge, I needed to have blood work done. Being only a mile away from the lab, I decided to drive myself there. I quickly realized that was a mistake. The waiting room was packed and I was feeling very shaky and lightheaded before I even got there. I sat there, worrying that I might pass out. I realized my anxiety wasn’t helping the situation, so I quieted my mind and silently asked for guidance.

It didn’t take long until a woman sitting on the other side of the waiting room got up and came over. Sitting down next to me, she shook my hand and said, “Hi! How are you today?”

“Okay” I answered, and asked, “Do I know you?”

“No”, she said. “I just thought I would come over here and we would have a chat.” She was very friendly, but her approach was so deliberate that I felt she must have been sent in answer to my prayer.

“Actually,” I said, “I am not feeling well at all.”

“I know”, she replied. I went on to explain about my recent surgery. As we talked, she told me she was a retired nurse who used to work with end-stage Alzheimer patients. She said she loved the challenge because she had to intuit if they had a problem because they could not tell her.

“Well”, I said. “You must have been very good at your job!” She smiled and shared that, wherever she goes, she silently asks to be guided to the person who needs help the most. Her name is Mary. She sat with me until I felt more stable. Her calm presence gave me the support I needed and after blood test, I was able to safely drive myself back home.

I am grateful, not only for her kindness that day, but for showing me the way I want to be in this world.

Let your spirit soar!

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