Saturday, October 8, 2011

Just What If

"I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." -Anonymous

This is just one line from a poem I've heard all my life.  I remember hearing it from my mom when I would complain about something.  And I remember her using it as a devotional for one of her civic or church groups.  It can be a little guilt producing but I guess, when you get right down to it, many lessons are taught that way.
Last week I met a lady with just one leg.  She lost the other one to a staph infection.  After battling staph for years, she finally just had to let it all go in order to get well.  I guess she is in her 60s...and what a spunky lady.  If she wants to go up or down steps she either holds on and hops, or she slides on her she says.  Hopping  up and down steps is very tiresome.  Try it.
She was next door to me at the beach while I was on vacation.  So what if she had only one leg.  It didn't stop her.  It didn't slow her down much.  They were in and out just like everyone else.  Going to town, out to eat, and whatever else she wanted to do.  The best thing about meeting her was her attitude.  It is almost always all about attitude isn't it.  I think we all know that down deep.  We can't always control what happens to us but we surely can control how we respond.  It may not be easy, and we may sometimes just need to have a pity party for a little while, but in time we can all choose the bright side.
If you are watching Dancing With The Stars like I am, you've met J. R. Martinez.  Iraq veteran who left for the war whole and healthy and returned struggling with intense burns from a landmine.  He had a hard time at first.  He wouldn't have been human if he had not.  But he credits his mother with helping him change his attitude....and now he is the picture of health and positivity!  He could have chosen to be sad and alone in a dark room grieving forever.  Instead he is a soap opera actor and a leading contender on DWTS.  I am just so impressed with him!  (I must admit I voted for Nancy Grace because she is from my hometown, but I may just have to vote for JR next week).

Anyway, back to the lady with one foot.  I admire her too.  She is living and loving her life.  She really liked my flip flops by the door, and complimented me on them.  I thought it was interesting that she gravitated toward shoes.  Like most people at the beach, she was barefoot.  She had red toe nail polish though.
I wondered if she got her pedicure for half price.  She would smile at that.  She was just that healthy...and I am glad I got to meet her.

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