Recently I met a man named Charlie. He is in the advanced stages of cancer. Once he was a college football player and coach. Now he is confined to a wheelchair. He may have lost his physical strength but is still very strong in mind and spirit. He was obviously making the most of the time he has left. There wasn’t a hint of complaint. Undoubtedly he figured out that self-pity and complaining are a waste of time.
Perhaps the reason Charlie made so much of an impression on me was that he reminds me of Karen, the love of my life. She led an incredibly hard life. Among other things, she had serious health issues that required dozens of surgeries and was widowed twice. Somehow she remained upbeat and rarely complained. She was a caring, giving woman that was loved by many. She was diagnosed with lung cancer and fought bravely. Unfortunately she passed away in August of 2015.
I had two years with Karen but only met Charlie briefly. Meeting special people like them makes us realize that most of our problems are insignificant. They also teach us what is really important.