Catching Me When I Fall

toptumblesDoc says you’re lucky if there is a least one person in your life that pulls you up and points you in the right direction when you fall. She has done that for me by caring for me when I am sick, or when I need to be guided in a different direction. I was curious about who has helped Doc along the way, so I asked her and she told me the following story.

“I have been fortunate to have many people from the beginning of my life to the present that have shown up when I needed them. Some were there for long periods of time, guiding me on a daily basis like my family and sometimes people showed up for short periods of time like teachers, neighbors, and perfect strangers that lent a hand at some significant moment in my life. You may not know it at the time, but all of these people are important in your life, she said. Hopefully you will experience mostly joy in your life and many good times to share with others, but there will also be dark days when you feel vulnerable and lost. The beauty of life’s journey is that someone will be there to help you through your suffering if you open the door for them to enter.” I paused for a moment and then asked her ” How do I know who is there to help and who is there to hurt me?” “Ah, that’s easy, she said, people’s actions always reveal who they really are over time.”

I took some time to think all of that over and was amazed that in the short time I have been alive how many people have helped me along the way. From my early dog trainers that helped me to be a therapy dog, to all of the people who intervened when I was little and kept me out of danger. Then of course, the one constant in my life is always Doc.

“I like to think I have been there for you too, I said to Doc.” “Oh you have Grover, more than you will ever know.”


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