Sometimes we all need to just take a few moments to ourselves and remember all the blessings we have been given in life - lest we forget those who have gone before us, or those who are struggling each and every day. I often think about the families of those we assist, and can only imagine the challenges they face. I am not a father, but I can only imagine having a son or daughter fighting for their lives due to something unfairly brought upon them. After all the amazing experiences I have been through, with some of the greatest friends I could ask for, I cannot imagine my future child not being able to experience something as equally amazing in life. The challenges I faced in the past, and this year are not even remotely on the same plane as the ones these families go through.
God Bless those in the dark hospital room caring for their ailing child;
God Bless those who are on the verge of losing faith;
God Bless those who are grieving with those closest to them;
God Bless those who have been given a second chance at life.
I get tears in my eyes as I write this because I can easily sit here and become angry that there are times I take for granted the air in my lungs, the vision in my eyes and the beat in my heart. I pray I never lose sight of what is truly important in life – helping those who need us.
Before you go to bed tonight, say a prayer for those who are struggling in life – whatever their challenge. If you are struggling, remember there will be light at the end of the tunnel and always keep God in your heart. Believe in yourself, your family and the power of love. Anything is possible with love.
Lord, give me strength to always remember what success in life means to me. Never let me forget the example my grandparents left for my brother and I. Never let me forget my family and friends who are smiling down from above; carrying me on through the rough times. Never let me forget the images of the children who are fighting for their lives. Give me a strong back to carry me through the journey I face, and take care of those close when they worry about me. No matter what, I know everything will turn out just fine.
People always ask me what I think about when I swim; what gives me strength...
Now you know.