After a year of not going to the gym on a weekday morning, I went today. I saw this familiar lady smiling at me. At the time, I had no idea who she was; still I walked boldly up to her, with a knowing smile.
“You look great,” she said. “I have to tell my husband that I saw you…you looked amazing.” She seemed exuberant and I felt it.
I believe she was reacting to my physical improvements such as no longer sporting a can, walking more upright, and a healthier glow to my body. I don’t know for sure what she meant, and I didn’t need to asked her. Though I cannot explain her perception of me when she last saw me, I believe it was some distance from who I perceive myself to be in this moment. Though I still walk with an obvious limp, I feel as though I am emerging more and more with the Grace and light of God.
The greatest lesson for me now is realizing I got here on the wings of some God-inspired people, many of whom were previously strangers. One such person was the husband of the lady to whom I was speaking. I remember him as a cool long-haired, slender, fit man in his late 60’s, who befriended me when I first came to the gym, some 3 year ago. He gave me continuous encouragement and advised me how to swing my right leg, as I pushed along with my cane and struggled to get my body (that seemed to weigh a ton) just a couple of times around the track. His genuine smile and her joyful smile moved me then, as she moves me now.
The number of people who have helped me, and are helping me are countless. If I can accept praise for anything, it was having the courage and faith to feel their love, hear their voices, and see the divinity of their partnership. What is equally encouraging is that these family, friends, colleagues and seeming strangers are the linchpin of whatever success we may gain in life.
For some time, I was not really conscious to the active and powerful roles that these individuals played in my life. I am now! What does this mean regarding possibilities for effective team building? I can begin by expressing my gratitude to all those who answered the call to be a force in the healing of my body and spirit, as well as that of others. I can also be that force for others as I continue to heal. But that is only a beginning.