Naturally, each of us has suffered in our own distinct way. For much of this time, I have found it difficult to sleep, think clearly or focus on anything other than his needs. Fortunately, my daughter who is a registered nurse has been the voice of balance and hope for me. I have had continuous reminders that if accepted God is always in the mix. During the height of his suffering, I asked Bill, ‘What have you learned from this?’ Without hesitation, he replied ‘empathy’. Since then, if I say something that has the slightest tinge of harshness or judgment, he is quick to correct me.
I believe that life is a series of lessons designed to strengthen and prepare us for what lies ahead. During the predawn hours one day hoping to anesthetize myself to sleep, I discovered this little story which reminded me that there are no shortcuts. Each of us must pay our dues for this privilege called life.
P.S. The tide is turning. We are hopeful that Bill will have a full recovery.