He was part of the group on my tour bus and dependent on his wheelchair. I could already see the limits he would be facing while attempting to get around the amusement park his group was visiting.
While the rest of his group went off to explore the park, not wanting to be a hindrance, he was trying to make the best of it and get around on his own.
As I watched him rolling around, my thoughts drifted back to my own time spent in a wheelchair remembering the handicap stall that wasn't functional, the parking space that seemed so far away from my destination, the counter that was too high, rolling along the street watching for the slightest incline that had the potential to be my undoing, the item I needed that was located out of my reach, and even opening a closed door could be such a source of frustration as I would experience someone stand there watching me struggle rather than ask me if I could use a little help. There were some days that it just didn't seem worth the effort, but to give up was not in my nature and I could see the same determination in him!
I saw the opportunity to "pay it forward" and asked if I could push him around the park. As he hesitantly agreed, I soon put his mind at ease when he saw that I was experienced in maneuvering the chair around the crowds of people. As I spent time with him over the next few days, and he shared his story about what put him in the chair I couldn't help but think that so many people go through life every single day without truly giving thanks for what they have. The simple act of being able to walk around on our own two feet is such a blessing.
Often times we are so caught up in what needs to be done before the day, week or month is through that we don't stop to truly live in the present. What would happen if you took one hour every day to be truly present and SEE what is going on right in front of your nose? Would you then be able to see the door that you could hold open for someone, a struggle that someone close to you is experiencing that you have been too busy to notice, or even the flowers that you walk past every day with hardly a second glance?
I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to push him around for a few days and the reminder of how thankful I am and why I Love My Life! Making time to live in the present could be the start of a new awareness in your life. Because, after all, Life Is All About Choices!
By Nancy Mueller
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