It can happen to anyone. These powerful works are too frequently forgotten in the life of an average human, in my humble opinion. This is not to say I am anything other than the optimist you’ve come to know me as, but I certainly have gained some wisdom through life experience in the almost two years I’ve shared with you.
Take today, for instance. I listened as mom spoke to a woman who recently addressed the national Food and Drug Administration about how they have been addressing the needs of those with blood disorders. I stood by mom’s side as she cried when the woman told her the whole (very real) story of how the topic had impacted her life.
She didn’t even know she had a blood disorder until she had her firstborn son almost thirteen years ago. Moreover, she didn’t know her newborn son had hemophilia until after his circumcision wouldn’t heal when he was eight days old. To make a long (very real and emotional) story short, this local woman has been dealt a pretty tough hand in life. But in talking to her, you couldn’t have guessed it.
Instead of letting the reality of the worst case scenario encompass her, she has become an advocate at a national and global level for others like herself. She makes it her mission to bring the power of knowledge to those around her so they can do the same. She is an inspiration.
Because when all is said and done, she’s right. What she said to mom today didn’t stop at inspirational stories. It stopped with the truth. It can happen to anyone. Anyone’s life can be turned upside-down by such a thing at any given time. And when (and if) it happens, it doesn’t matter what kind of background you have. It doesn’t matter what the reasons are for it happening to you. What matters is the people who surround you with love in those moments. What matters is the reality of joy coming alive around you. What matters is life.