There's an old woman out in the world whom I've never met, but think of when I'm feeling low or sorry for myself.
My husband had to have some blood work done, and while we were waiting, one of the other patients was called up for her turn. She had been talking with her friend--laughing and clowning around as she was waiting. When she pulled herself up using her walker, it became readily apparent that she had big, big problems with her spine. She was so twisted up that her head didn't look centered on her body, and the upper part of her spine jutted upward at such a sharp angle that she looked almost triangular. She greeted the nurse who came for her with a smile, and continued to be cheerful all the way across the waiting room as she slowly maneuvered her walker. Both my husband and I were amazed by her attitude. All twisted up on the outside, yet a vision of resilience just the same.
I think of this old woman on rough days, and think to myself that if SHE can have a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude in her heart, then I certainly have little reason to allow myself to succumb to self-pity and/or thinking I have no reason to be smiling.
Whoever and wherever you are, old woman, I thank you and wish you well.
Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
Firm believer in PMA!