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A Stranger With A Smile

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!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562
    In a few short paragraphs you summarized the good about people.

    its not about I have too much pain

    the doctor won't give me a higher dose

    my life is over 

    feel sorry for me

    Ypu talked about some who appreciates and loves LIFE!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Kimmy
    That person is who you are on the inside.

    Pain will make us hide the smile out of fear or 

    Be more of that person...
    Be that light
    In that light.

    You"ll be surprised when life smiles back!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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  • Hi, William!
    Thank you!  I believe life is both a mirror and a looking glass, and urges us daily to look at both ourselves and others not critically, but consciously. 
    Thank you, also, for sharing your lovely words.  I have read a few of your poems, and felt more inclined to absorb your words rather than comment on them.  Hope that's ok.
    Take care of yourself, and I hope you continue to "live in the light"!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • LOVE this!!
  • Hi Brandydanielle!

    Life has a way of showing us--even if we don't realize it at the moment--that we shouldn't take things for granted.  Things could be way worse.  The idea that things ARE worse for others out there is more bothersome to me than anything I've got going on with my physical condition!! 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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