Today, the sun is out and the sound of the snow melting and dripping can be heard.
I’m sitting in my car working because I have to drive here and there and heading home again to work would be another car ride. So I’ve parked and hooked up to some free wifi in town.
I feel like I’m inside a hive, people going here and there, getting supplies, noticing the warmer air, anticipating the late winter storm that is rolling in tonight. And one person makes his way across the parking lot, his ability is minimized, he is older and his back has given out, with a cane he walks, up the ramp and slowly he goes. He is going so slowly that in the time someone would walk into the hardware store and out he has made it one quarter of the way to the entrance. He seems to have to consider every step. It is magical as in his way he has more human interactions in one walk than I could have all day that is, if I didn’t have children around. From his stooped position he greets and responds, comments on his condition and how strange it is to get up to walk and think he will proceed at a regular pace but be only able to go ever so slowly, graciously declines assistance, comments on the weather. He seems to bring out the best in every person that communes with him on his journey from his truck to the store.
Today he is my teacher. I have absorbed quite a bit in watching from my car; life takes effort and effort can bring change and results, effort can be hard but the ability to make the effort, to persevere is success.