Thursday, August 20, 2009

When life lessons re-manifest themselves to you


I am busy. So busy that I've been feeling like I barely have time breathe. I'm taking advantage of a wonderful opportunity to be in school and work really hard and look for opportunities to do more and push myself. The honest truth? I am overwhelmed. I'm tired. My brains needs a vitamin. I haven't pulled these kinds of non-stop hours since my days at NYU. Personal discipline is at an all-time peak. Time management is becoming my new favorite word. I also went to the dentist a few days ago and my teeth really hurt.

I was feeling overly overwhelmed a little bit ago and sort of complaining to myself about how much I need to get done and as I was waiting {impatiently} for the elevator, a girl on crutches walked up to me. She had a lot of difficulty walking from {what I've since learned is cerebral palsy} and made her way slowly over to where I was standing. I asked her if she was coming for the elevator and she smiled and said no, she was looking for a certain classroom and did I know where it was located? The classroom was unfortunately located on the complete other side of the school. I have her the information, and she gave me a big smile and thanked me for my help. My elevator arrived and I got onto it and she turned and walked/limped away.

I don't know - it just helped snapped me back into perspective. My teeth still hurt. I still have too much to do. I still don't have enough time. Maybe this is one of those "you had to be there" moments, but it was beautifully refreshing to remember that a smile makes things better, and that while it's tough, by golly, we're all going to make it through. Running, walking, limping, no matter what, we'll all make it through. And one of the greatest ones of all: that it's supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great. If it weren't hard, everyone would do it.

1 comment:

Steve said...

The hard IS what makes it great. It's what makes this life great. Because when we do it, when me accomplish our goal(s), and there was a struggle, we have truly conquered, not only the task but ourselves in doing it. I am thinking of you and sending my best conquering thoughts your way.