across the room within your earshot, you were laughing too. His smile was from ear to ear and it lit up the room! He enjoyed making everyone happy, sincerely loved it. He was one of those rare individuals who knows life is short lived, make the most of the time you have here. His smile has taught those around him all they need to know about life. Enjoy it immensely!
Yes, these are the few that inside the smiles and twinkles in their eyes have the hearts of gold, the spirits that are kind and forgiving and the ability to care unconditionally. They can be the ones that can carry a cross, fall down with it and laugh getting back up. Oh, can you be in a crowd, and keep moving forward with a grin inspite of being in emotional or physical pain? Many of us cannot, preferring to shy away from others and certainly not offer hope when we are hurting ourselves. But not this man, he finds some source from within to offer something to others in pain regardless of his load in life.
When others would sit in sorrow as not having the freedom to walk as they would like, the luxury of being self-sufficient, he will not succumb to a disease. No, he pushes with what strength he has, he is a living example of a man with determination. A strong man does what he needs to do sometimes to show the world you can still get out and be human even if it means riding in a scooter or being wheeled in a cart. On a bad day, he will stay in and be sorrowful and on an okay day, he will get out and soak up some sun and listen to laughter and inspire some others. Being a man is giving yourself the permission to have humility when you need it and allowing other people in your life to give you gifts of service. It is also giving those that care about you the joy of seeing you alive, even if it is not in the full range of motion you once were.
When I see him, I still see the comedian there. He finds humor in little things every day. He
even laughs at himself, his own frailty. He doesn't ask, nor does he want any sympathy. He does want, I think, understanding so as to widen the knowledge base of the health condition for others and for his family. But as for him, he takes the good moments when he can get them. He loves and soaks up positive energy from where he can obtain it and still manages to give it off in so many ways, it is simply astounding.
praise for it as I write this because I see all the signs there. Even on his darkest days, he has the ability to be caring and compassionate towards others. What a gift. True to the first time I met him, he has retained his unmistakable quick witted sense of humor that can take you by surprise and leave you with that what did you say look on your face!