The Gift

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The gift of life is about sharing the gift of life. That is it.

All these losses, brokenness and doing what it takes to re-up into life without “calling uncle”

Have taught me what it all seems to distill down into:

We are here to tolerate, extend compassion, exercise our “get outside ourselves” muscles and recognize our life would not exist worth a damn if we can’t connect and hear the call to another’s need.

I speak with authority.

Many times I felt I had reached “my line”; the marker I thought I could not bear to live beyond.

Thing is- Life keeps calling me back..letting me know I’m not used up quite yet.

Feeling mortality deeply, close and personal is my good teacher as I take little for granted, live wisely when I can and well.

In the past year full time in my wheelchair I have come to know some homeless people by name.

They look out for me and I feel their care as I wheel by.

Recently my favorite hat blew off m head with a gust of wind.

I looked over the guard rail and saw my coveted brim resting 3″ beside the river and within a rocky tangled wildness.

I paused awhile feeling yet another loss.

I rolled on with hat hair but too sad to care.

About 20 feet later I saw a dirty, toothless guy.

“May I ask you a question?” I said.

“Is there a pathway down to the riverbed? My hat blew off and I love it so. Do you think you could retrieve it for me?

“Well…it’s pretty rough down there but I can try.”

Five minutes later he handed my hat back to me.

“You just can’t know how much this means. Please wait here and I will go get you some money.”

My account was so low but I could not give him less than $20.00.

I gave him the folded bill and rolled off soaking in Grace.

The Gift.

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5 Responses to “The Gift”

  1. Debra Moody on August 21st, 2015

    Paying it forward – you do that every day with your being, and with your ability to share. YOU are the gift.

  2. Jim on August 21st, 2015

    Lovely!

  3. Pam on August 22nd, 2015

    I second Debra’s post: YOU are the gift! Every day! xo

  4. Pam on August 22nd, 2015

    Thank you!

  5. KK Wilder on August 23rd, 2015

    What a blessing when we learn to ask others for help.

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