It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his injured thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On examining it I saw it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors and got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another appointment on this morning, as he seemed in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while! As this gentleman’s wife is said to suffer with Alzheimer’s disease (a progressive disease affecting one’s memory and other intellectual abilities as well as functioning). As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now .I was surprised at this and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’ He smiled as he patted my hand and said, ‘She doesn’t know me but I still know who she is.’ I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm and thought, ‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.
True love is neither physical nor romantic’. True love is an acceptance of all that is, all that has been, all that will be, and will not be. Peace is seeing sunset and knowing who to thank. The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. I hope you share this with someone you care about, I just did. Life isn’t about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain, making the most of every and any situation.
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, assurance of fuel called Faith, a driver called The Almighty God; you will make it to the goal – SUCCESS.