I went from good to great as the days passed, marking my inaugural visit to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, where I would begin radiation and chemotherapy in a few days, with the observation that the facility was, “The warmest, most inviting Christmas wonderland ever.”And nothing against the Center, which is very nice and friendly, but come on! Who talks like that about anything? “Is she OK?” my husband asked the staff quietly while I busied myself forcing treats on passersby, proclaiming everyone who entered my room “awesome,” talking all night on the phone to friends in distant time zones, convincing a travel nurse to spring me out of the ICU to see photos of emotional support dogs.
When he scanned my boarding pass and said, “Becky! Sweetheart!”, all I did was smile and say thank you, when I should have told him how much his presence matters, how he never fails to remind me that joy is contagious and spreads quickly wherever it finds a host. I should have grabbed the microphone and informed the whole airport that, just in case they’d somehow missed it, they were in the presence of greatness. Feel it, I should have said. Tell someone how amazing people are, how they shine. Better still, show them.
Thank you , Becky for this message. I am in the Hospital for my third heart Ablation in 13 months. It is stressful as the other 2 have not solved the atrial fibrillation. I don’t feel the joy that you expressed when you were first admitted, but I will try today to compliment more than whine- to be the reason someone else smiles today. Thanks for prayers
Pam, that must be so hard and stressful, especially at this time of year. We will keep you in our prayers!
I love the thoughts expressed here.
Holding to joy. Expressing, pushing it outwards!