“If you can do it, then I can do it!”

As I’m waddling my way from the shuttle bus into my hotel, I am greeted by a kind, friendly person. A stranger to me, and far removed from my small world, but we connected last Thursday when I arrived for a conference for work. I’m over a thousand miles from home; a small-town woman, definitely out of place in such a large east coast city. This gentle man is just that, a gentleman. Mr. Journey Ambassador I will call him, as it’s his job title, but he is so much more. His job is to welcome and care for the guests, but his personal touch makes you feel like one of the family.

Now for the moment that has truly humbled me. (It blindsided me in it’s simplicity, but it rings truth. Not because it was pointed towards me, but because I use this strategy to get me through the days I want to hide under the covers.)

After asking me how I’m doing and if there’s anything he can get for me, he says “You know, I’ve been thinking, if you can do it, then I can do it.” I had to take a step back. (ME?!?! You mean ME!?!?) We’ve chatted every day about life and our struggles since I’ve been staying here so he knows of my fibromyalgia, tarsal tunnel, and the fact that I rolled my left ankle yesterday.

I giggled a bit and smiled, “Ya know, that’s how I get through days like today.” Then I explained that the people that keep me fighting are those that can’t use their legs at all, or worse, don’t have means of mobility, that still get out there and live.

So, my good in my day of struggle is knowing that someone out there is inspired by little ‘ole me.

I share this so that you will remember that your struggles do not go unnoticed by all. You are an inspiration to someone. If I can inspire someone, so can you!

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3 comments

  1. Thank you. That is so encouraging… the thought that our struggles do not go unnoticed, and that they can be a source of inspiration for someone ELSE. I’ve seen it over and over again with the abuse survivors I work with, so of COURSE the same would apply to chronic pain survivors! 🙂

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