The Gift


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.


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


  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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