This could really change the way you view people as you walk down the street, eh?
I came to this realization a number of years ago through an on going experience I had.
I had the privilege to volunteer in the pediatric dialysis unit of an inner city hospital.
The kids I came to know had very acute kidney failure.
They were hooked up to dialysis machines 3-7 times a week for 4 hours at a time.
These machines would clean their blood to keep their little bodies from poisoning themselves to death.
There was a lot of blood, vomit…and sheer terror at times.
They looked very different than most people.
Their frail bodies were incredibly bloated and disfigured from all the drugs they were on.
If you saw them on the street you would be taken aback.
The stories these children shared were nothing short of heart wrenching.
All were gravely ill.
All of them were waiting on transplants.
One young man was dropped off at the hospital by his mom a few years earlier…never to return.
What I came to know was that all of them were so much more enlightened than me.
They were wise.
They were optimistic.
They lived every day to its fullest.
In eleven years of spending time with them each Wednesday I never heard one complaint.
They were waaaay more evolved than any people I had ever been around.
They were truly highly enlightened souls who chose their journey with indescribable courage.
Think about that for a moment…
They CHOSE their journey.
All I can say is that one day I hope to achieve that level of enlightenment.
Every time I see a person who society sees as ill, disabled, or different in any way…
I say a prayer of thanks and gratitude for the amazing grace they demonstrate.
They simply humble and inspire me.
So vastly different from how I used to view them.
How ‘bout you?
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