I met a waitress last night (that’s not the start of a bad joke either…promise!) who felt at ease talking to me. She really opened up about her life.
She’s 25, married with two kids and a husband who was diagnosed with MS. She met the guy before he came down with major symptoms and got the diagnosis. And they had the kids after they got married. She married him KNOWING that he might not ever be 100% “okay” or be able to truly contribute financially, etc. Her words: “I married him anyway”.
I got the sense that her decision was much more profound than just “physical” love although she clearly has that for him. She is physically gorgeous so I’m sure she had “options”. She’s also very intelligent judging by the in-depth conversation we had about education and conscious living.
It seemed more that she was “aware” of a deeper purpose in her life and that, through this challenge, she was fulfilling some of that purpose. She works hard. Cares for her husband (more and more as the disease progresses) and the kids. Brings in the bulk of their income and….
She SMILES like she has no challenges or tough situations in her life at all! She is a joy to talk to and is one of the main reasons I frequent this particular restaurant. That and the amazing vegan menu! She brightens MY day as well as her co-workers and even her boss judging by the way they all get along.
I realize it was her choice to take this path. Yet how many people, even after they made that choice, would now be upset, angry, sad or playing the “victim”?
I love meeting people like this and hearing their stories. It’s just another confirmation, to me anyway, that life is truly what we make of it. That there is a higher purpose and power within each of us that is always present no matter the situation…if we learn how to tap into it.
So smile today and BE grateful! I know I am…