Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu
Less than two days ago, I was in the company of a human being who is battling with a life threatening illness. But to the outside world, and those who did not know, this person was full of confidence and strength, and had more joy and light pouring from them, than every other person in the room.
I thought of my own condition and my own personal situation and realised that there was nothing, absolutely nothing to compare. This person made enquiries as to how I was feeling with no reference to their own predicament, and for a moment I felt ashamed.
Of course that's not how life works, my problems are as real to me as anybody elses. But the fact remained that at moment in time, I had nothing to complain about. Literally two minutes ago, as I was writing this blog, my granddaughter walked into my office door with "Grandpa, have you got a treat for me?". An uplifting moment if ever there was one.
At the end of the day, everybody's life, every day, is in danger of something. That's just life. Both the people I've talked about have given me a lot of courage to move forward, and get better.