What I also get to see - is how the way you live your life - usually comes through in the end. What I mean by this, is that the people who live with bitterness and coldness, nine out of ten times are the patients that sit and scowl in their room. Their whole lives have been full of anger and hate. The stories they tell of how everything was unfair and wrong with their lives, come in abundance. I know that some people have had to endure things that I could never begin to comprehend. It's not about that though. It's about the way in which they chose to handle it.
With that being said, I listen to people who have been through hell and back, but still have a light in their heart. I've hurt from their stories of surviving concentration camps, the nightmares of war and the struggles of the Great Depression. More often than not, it's because of their faith, family and friends that's gotten them through.
One of my favorite women on earth is in her 90's and has had both of her legs amputated. She's had a life so hard that I can barely imagine, yet she always has a smile in her eyes. When I see her, she gives me a hug from her wheelchair...and every single time she says, "The Lord's been good to me."
Her room is full of life. Friends and family visit her constantly and you feel nothing but love when you're around her. She'll tell you that the secret to the meaning of life is simple. It's all about love. Love God, love your family and love your friends. That's it.
It's amazing what you can take away from people who have been here for almost 100 years. If you ever have the chance to spend some time with them, you'd be surprised at what you'd find. So, when I'm having a bad day or when I'm mad at the world...it's hard not to think of her and smile. Because after all, the Lord's been good to me.
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