Yerevan B. had just checked out of the hospital and was on his way to drive home. He had fractured one of his fingers and was in a mild amount of pain, but he quickly forgot about it as he started going through his mental to-do list. On his way to the garage, he ended up walking besides another person and opened the door for her.
For that split second, I forgot my finger was broken. I hurt myself opening it. She smiled, thanked me, and went in. I followed her up the stairs. I was holding my hand in pain and feeling a little down, thinking, ‘I have to wear this splint for weeks, here goes my summer full of activities I had planned.’ ” He wrote.
But then he noticed that the woman he was walking next to moved to open the next door for him, and she was in a lot more pain than he was.
Her finger was not broken, and the door wasn’t exceptionally heavy. She was wearing a very warm hat on her head, and she had no hair. She had no eyelashes, or eyebrows, she was going through chemo. That one second that I felt sad for having pain in my finger, all of a sudden became irrelevant. What is she going through? Her whole body hurts, her brain is buzzing, she can’t think straight, what about her relationships, appetite, family, worries…. ah… the tentacles of cancer are all around her. Will she pull through? I hope she does. Everything is relative in this life. We are living better than millions of others, and others have it better than us. But only according to you, not them. Reality is what we perceive it to be. Everyone’s battle is unique, whether physical or mental. I wish her a healthy recovery with all my heart. God gave me 10 fingers, it’s okay if one has a “wittle booboo” for some time.”
He didn’t share his story for the sympathy or even for the woman – he shared it for everyone to learn from. It’s too easy to focus on our own problems without putting them in perspective. Many people commented that it was an important lesson in thankfulness and shared it with their family and friends.
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