I mentioned previously how wonderful my children were during this entire time and how much they all did to help me. Of course my husband was by my side every minute even sleeping in the ICU so as not to leave me that first night. My brother who lives a little over an hour away was at the hospital every day. One of the things the nurses and technicians all said was they were impressed with what a close and loving family I have. On one of my very slow, painful walks around the 6th floor of the hospital with my daughter and brother, my daughter remarked that most of the other rooms we passed had no visitors at all. I guess that’s why my overflowing room was so noticeable.
I had texts and phone calls from friends – some close friends I’ve known for years and some I only know online through my health coaching. They all expressed so much care and concern and encouragement and just blessed me beyond words.
When I got home there were deliveries of flowers and plants and cards. Several friends locally were gracious enough to make a meal and bring it over so my family and I had food to eat and it made things so much easier. What a blessing! My walking buddy, Joanne, brought several meals and when I thanked her profusely she said – well I just appreciate all you’ve done for me.
That just stopped me cold in my tracks. She wasn’t the only one who’d said that and very honestly, it made me uncomfortable each time someone said it. I blurted out to her – I don’t feel like I’ve done anything much for you – what have I done for you? We tend to think in very concrete terms – I’d never made a meal to bring to her house as she’d done for me.
I mentioned this to another friend I only know online and via telephone. She said you are so encouraging and so willing to help anyone who contacts you – that’s what you do for people.
It doesn’t seem like much to me – I don’t usually give it a second thought. If someone contacts me with a question, problem or prayer need – I love being able to give them something of value. But it’s not always something tangible – it’s not a meal. So I just didn’t consider it in the same way.
We never really know what our words or actions will mean to another person. You may just smile at someone this morning and never realize it makes their whole day. A sincere compliment can bolster someone’s confidence and you may never know it. This has made me even more determined that each and every day I want to bring light and love to anyone and everyone who crosses my path.
Do you think you have to do something “big” or do you realize each word you speak can make a difference in someone’s life?
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