Count your blessings  

rm_txrose4uNTX 59F
5791 posts
12/19/2005 8:52 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Count your blessings

Among the crowds of shoppers today at one of the stores I was doing my product training, I saw a woman looking lost, and a bit sullen in the face. I approached her and asked her if there was anything I could do for her and she needed help with her list. She looked confused and not feeling well. I immediately sought out help for her since it wasn't an area that I was dealing with.

I checked back with her again about 5 mins later, and someone had been helping her, but got sidetracked apparently. I offered her a chair to sit in, but she said no because she has cancer and isn't feeling well enough to sit; it bothers her more to sit than to stand. I continued to wait around her for a bit; I was so worried that she was going to faint on me. She continued to tell me that she didn't have much longer to live. I asked her what sort of cancer she had and we talked about that for a bit and we talked about my mother who survived breast cancer, although that wasn't the type of cancer she had. I held her hand. It was a little warm but felt weak.

I again left her to get some help and told the guys at the cash registered that they needed to help her immediately. One sales associate came to the aid immediately, took hold of her list and became her personal shopper to assist her in getting her shopping needs done.

I would ask her, each time that I did pass by her, if she was okay and she stated that she was.

Eventually, I was due for my lunch break and while eating a taco in my car in the parking lot and making some business phone calls, I saw her walk by. I couldn't help but think how very strong and unselfish this woman was doing some Christmas shopping for her family for more than likley the very last Christmas she will see.

You might never get an opportunity to meet this brave woman; her name is Nina. My life perspective today is forever etched with the face of this woman and the strength that she showed today.

So, you can see why I say to count your blessings today???

We are often touched by the people we meet. I was touched by her strength and bravery. Have you met such people in your life? Have they changed the way you think about life in general at all or, at least, have some affect upon your life?

rm_txrose4uNTX 59F
3289 posts
1/1/2006 11:36 am

nedthebundler - I often live by the premise of "passing it on" or "paying it forward". Guess I got that trait from my Grandma; God rest her soul.

redlipsprincess - You are so very welcome.

humboldthonni - I think we all tend to live vicariously through the memories of those who have affected us in one way or another. I was just glad that I had the opportunity to help this woman out as she was striving to make her last Christmas meaningful for her loved ones.

sexyfitwoman - Your father sounds like he was a very loving and thoughtful man. You are, in turn, graced by that very memory.

duststormdiva - Wow! A very creative man to boot!! The best way to carry his memory forward is strive to do the same for your own children, which I am sure you are doing. With a man so great for your own father, it is passed along in more ways than that are so very obvious.

B0SSIERBOY - Know something? I lives cross paths in mysterious ways often. Sometimes, it isn't meant for us to know the outcome necessarily, but be there for the moment. It certainly sounds like you had a good rapport with this woman, and perhaps that is all that she needed at that moment. I am glad you were blessed with that opportunity.

476 posts
12/31/2005 9:48 pm

When I was doing massage professionally I had many occassions to come into contact with women who had cancer. The massage was one of the only things left that made them feel good. One women in particular has stuck with me. She had one breast removed and was due to have the other one taken. She would have her massage and ask me to pay attention to the scar tissue where her breast had been. I would use vitamin E oil to try to help reduce the scaring but I don't know if it helped. She said she didn't expect to live long after they removed her other breast, but indicated that she wanted every moment she could get. If losing both breasts would heep her alive another six months she was willing to do that. She never talked about her personal life much but one day when she was digging in her wallet I saw a photo of a child. I don't know if it was her daughter or not, but I can imagine that the child would be a good reason to want to live just a little longer. I lost track of her after she went into the hospital, never heard from her again and was unable to contact her. I don't know if she made it or not. I often think of her and wonder what happend to the little girl.

duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
12/27/2005 11:44 pm

My father. Even until his dying days he was thinking of ways to make me money. He came up with three awesome inventions that will make my children and I comfortable for the rest of our days on this earth. Every day he struggled with breathing, and was on morphine to assist his breathing and was still thinking about my welfare and my childrens. He fought for his life because he was worried about my children and I. He loved us so unselfishly that he was willing to live longer to watch over us. I love that man. And I miss him so much. God rest his soul.


(Princess Lips)

12/20/2005 11:19 pm

with tears in my eyes, thank you...


nedthebundler 58M/60F

12/20/2005 9:43 pm

It's good you took the time to help out, a lot of people wouldn't have. You have both come away with something that can't be bought at any price, and yet it cost you nothing. Now it's your turn to pass it on.

Madness takes its toll. Exact change please!

rm_txrose4uNTX 59F
3289 posts
12/19/2005 10:27 pm

Oh, my. What a coincidence!

I do think that we are placed in certain pathways for specific reasons. I was happy to serve that reason today....


rm_DaphneR 59F
8023 posts
12/19/2005 10:00 pm

Oh. My mom died of cancer the day after Thanksgiving five years ago. Bless you for taking time out of your day to check on this lady and make sure that she got the help she needed. This might not have hit home quite as hard as it did, had you not said her name.

My mom's name was Nina also.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

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