Thursday, May 28, 2009

A great tale....

Sent to me by a long term client and dear friend...

Hi Cliff,

...just wanted to share an event with you. I was visiting a very old family friend...

He suffered a stroke last year in September - mainly his sight is affected, he can not see anything to the left, but is adjusting to this. Physically he is great and to look at and talk to, you would not think there was anything wrong with him. He has suffered some depression, which is for the most part gone now, thankfully. He is one of those rocks of people you get in your life.

Anyway, he knocked over a glass of water when we were setting the table for dinner and was extremely frustrated and annoyed with himself. He told me that is actually an improvement as up until a couple of months ago, such an incident would have caused him to weep.
What I said next to him just came straight out without thinking, but on reflection I feel came out because of the coaching I have received, the reading I have done and the subsequent improvement in my mind. You see, so often I struggle to express what I want to with words... tonight this occurred without effort. I took his hand, looked him in the eye and said "I am glad that you are here knocking glasses of water over - your stroke could have been a lot worse and removed you from our lives. Whenever something like this happens, just remember that we are all glad that you are here doing these things."

We have to make a positive difference to those with whom our paths cross in this life.....


I was really touched when I read this. What a wonderful, heartfelt and spontaneous reaction. To recognise, in the moment (and by an event that might often promote annoyance or patronising sympathy) of the wonder of life and the love we feel for someone is simply beautiful and so, so touching.
Thanks for sharing with me mate, and thanks also for letting me share it with my readers, clients and friends.

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