Have you ever met someone in your life that was a gift from God? I have on many occasions.
Today I want to share with you one of those people that have inspired my life. Many years ago when I was at work, a woman came in with her daughter to get her hair done. She sat in my chair and immediately I felt something different. She carried grace and poise that very few people possess.. I’ll never forget our conversation that day. I was young and just married and everything that she said was pertinent to my life. She was a well full of knowledge and experience that I greatly needed then and would later. Her words have given me comfort through many of my most challenging moments in life. At the end of our enriching conversation I asked her what she thought of her hair. She had shown me a picture and asked me to copy it exactly. She smiled and warmly replied that she could not see her hair, but was sure that it looked great. Throughout our entire conversation I had no idea that this woman was mostly blind. She asked me to stand in front of her. She then began to feel my face with her hands and commented, “You are beautiful.” I had never had anyone look at me that way before.
Tears filled my eyes as I felt the love pouring out of this incredible woman. I was touched by her ability to still reach out to others despite the physical limitations she had. I, in fact, had no idea that she had any limitations at all because of the grace and beauty she embraced her situation with.
This woman has remained a dear friend of mine throughout the last 11 years of my life. Her words and friendship have aided me in several of my life experiences. She has been an example to me of how to face this life with beautiful grace.
The other day I was blessed to see my dear friend again. Her kind daughter met me and we all spent lunch together. I felt so blessed to be there. I don’t think either of them knew how much it meant to me that they would take the time to be with me.
Katherine has built a strong family legacy growing up in a family of five and later raising her own four beautiful children with her husband. Being 96 years of age, her ability to recall is not as keen so she doesn’t always remember her visitors. As our time together was coming to a close I asked her if there was one thing that she could say and leave with all of us here what would it be.
After a moment to think she broke the silence with a very clear and powerful reply, “Don’t let go of the past, hold on to the present, and dream of the future.”
This statement is said in so many ways… but her version was profound! The look in her eyes told me that she knew from experience how precious time is. Our time here and what we do with it is a gift. Cherish all of our memories and grow from them. The present is brief so stop to smell the roses. The world can shut us down sometimes, but never be afraid to dream of your future. Never let fear lead your life.
We are not victims of our circumstances; we create them. We have to be so careful with the time that we have. Don’t let things fill up your time that have no real impact on your life.
Quality is far better than quantity when measured with time.
You have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself!
I am forever grateful for Katherine’s example and friendship in my life. Let’s all leave a legacy, just like Katherine, with the time that we are given.
Kindness is contagious, spread it everywhere you go.