On Saturday, I went to the gym for my usual morning workout. I started out walking around the track with my third leg (my cane) by my side. Suddenly a young lady came up on my left. She was walking in a zig-zag, unsteady motion. She was Asian, slim, short and looked like a teenage girl. She was pretty, not only because of her physical features, but because her spirit exuded beauty.
We said hello. She said her name is Jane and told me all about herself. She is 26 years old and suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
She shared that she has problems balancing and feels disconnected from her brain. She asked a lot about me, including how often I came to the gym and what I did. I was glad to share.
“It is nice to talk to someone”, she said with a heart-warming smile. I believe, she meant it was good to speak to someone who could relate to her physical challenge, and her need for hope and inspiration. I need that too.
It was a bit difficult walking beside her. Her zig-zag motion made it difficult for me to walk straight and keep my own balance. I believe my own slow movement and my limping, made her even more unsteady. After a few minutes, she walked ahead, and got off the track.
I did another lap around the track, got off, and met Jane again. She said I gave her hope. How could I give her hope? MS is a disease that keeps getting worse and worse. There is no cure. I was overwhelmed with compassion. What could I do? Who must I be? What can I say to God?
Perhaps there is nothing to say, just believe with her, hope with her, persevere with her, and love her. Moreover, together we must know there is cause for hope. New medicines can slow down the progression of MS. In addition, scientists are working on breakthrough treatments at this very moment.
God’s will is God’s will. Still we can choose to see our misfortune as a gift that enables our spirits to show our greatest selves. Jane and I can choose to let God show the world his power through our connection, inspiration and perseverance. We are mirrors of each other.
I pray for more miracles and continued hope to keep Jane and me believing in some sort of healing or new treatment. Yet perhaps the greatest miracle is in who we choose to be. This morning, we chose to be love, and I can feel that love even now.
Jane uplifted me with her hope and her willingness to show herself to me. She reminded me that life is what we make it. We can lift ourselves up, by choosing to connect with and touch each other.
Jane approached me. God made her the source of her own hope and inspiration. She inspires my choice to keep pushing for my own continued healing, for her healing, and the healing of us all.
Thank you, Jane.
According to the National MS Society, “Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.” See the You Tube Video below for further information.
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