Sometimes just Being There is the most important thing of all!
It was one of those little, quick jobs that turned into a two day process. The drain was leaking and one of my cousins had tried to fix it but found himself in over his head. So when we came to visit I offered to finish the project.
The pipe fittings were welded together, the valves stuck open because of accumulated sediment, and I had to cut the old valves off with a hack saw and then chisel the pipes free from the old connections.
In the end I replaced everything but the pipes in the wall and the sink itself. It was a big job. But I was glad to do it.
My Grandma kept apologizing to me while I was working—because she felt bad that it was such a task. But there was no need to apologize because I was happy to help out. I kept telling her that. Besides, even if I wasn’t happy to help, I volunteered to do it and am adult enough to accept accountability for my choices.
At one point—when Grandma was apologizing—I said, “Grandma, this is the least I can do for you after all you’ve done for me in my life.”
She was quiet for a second and said, “All I’ve ever done is be here.”
I stopped, looked up, and said, “Grandma, sometimes just being there is the most important thing of all.”
That got me thinking.
How often are we there for those in our lives who need us?
Often, just knowing someone cares about us is a powerful healing balm. Shouldn’t we return the favor? Shouldn’t we pay that kindness forward?
Take a moment and ask yourself, “Am I there for the people in my life?”
I know I can do better in this area. Maybe you can too.
Let’s all reach out and let others know how much we care. Let’s be there for someone!
You Are The Master of Your Destiny!
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