By: Sue Anganes
He stood up from his wheelchair, drew back the string and aimed. His arms shook as he held his position. His fingers released the string and the arrow flew downrange hitting the target.
It was my sixteen year old son’s second week of archery. A year ago my son would not have even been able to hold the bow up, but there he was standing and giving it his full effort. Intense physical therapy sessions three times a week had really improved his strength.
As I stood watching, a couple of people made comments to me- “He’s never going to hit anything shaking like that,” “You should take him to the gym so he can work out and get a little muscle.”
I turned and walked away. My face felt like it was burning, and I knew I would either say something I regretted or burst out crying.
Everyone has a story. Ours is an extremely rare genetic disease which leaves my two youngest sons with muscle loss, tremors, and terrible pain. They have lost some of their physical abilities. They have a disability. It’s hard. As a mom, my heart breaks for them a little bit every day.
Every person in life has their own story. Not one of us is immune to loss. The loss may be physical like in the case of my boys. It may be an emotional loss such as the loss of a parent or a husband or child, or the loss of a childhood due to abuse. It may be the loss of a dream or a job or a marriage. It may be the loss of the future that you had envisioned for your child. Everyone is dealing with something hard every day of their lives.
Let’s speak with kindness, encouragement and compassion in our day to day interactions with others. Let’s remember that everyone has a story of loss in their lives. Let’s build others up instead of tearing others down. Let’s think before we speak and greet others with a smile. Let’s remember that life can hard, but we’re all in this together.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11