Today’s blog was inspired by another blogger I read on wordpress.com who wrote of self-centered travellers who think themselves the only tired, hungry, thirsty folks who have waited hours to board and demand instant attention, service, etc without regard for their fellow travellers.
In thinking about this and fellow life-travellers, I wrote this in reply to his post, a good reminder of how we should all be “travelling” through life together, regardless of the craft we embark on our human road. Here was my reply:
“Having recently witnessed patients in a hospital a lot and having been one myself for major surgery in 2007, I can attest to the fact that self-centeredness exists everywhere. People in beds who are well enough to incessantly complain of everything from food to surroundings, buzzing nurses and others just to tell them so while the truly ill quietly watched them, possibly longing for just a fragment of their obvious energy that spoke of something they, themselves may never see again: everything “home.” Good post. Inspires my blog today Thank you.”
I am not a religious person but I am a spiritual person. Good Friday I spent running errands/doing chores. Easter Saturday I spent grocery shopping and cleaning a friend’s home in preparation for her return from hospital. Easter Sunday I spent nine hours collecting her from hospital, settling her in and getting her on track with her new regime of medications and health care.
My past ten days have been spent in health care in some way, whether in the hospital visiting my friend, talking to social workers, etc about her options. Nobody wants to go into hospital, myself included. But all I could think as we left yesterday, the nurse pushing my friend’s wheelchair to the exit, was of the faces we left behind, faces who had lost all hope and I wondered if my friend, already complaining of the price of the taxi that had not yet arrived, knew how lucky we really were. And are.
To all who are in or out of hospital, I send love. May your heart shine who you really are to those you love wherever you are. May those you love shine who they really are on your heart with ever lasting love.
“Even when others reject, withhold or act only for love of themselves, even when there is no more love left, love is still the best place to live.” JAM 9Apr2012