I must share my experience with you.
As most of you know my family own an Educational business and that is where I work. Today a man was waiting to pay at the counter, I turned to see him waiting and I apologised profusely. I felt both embarrassed and unprofessional as I was engaging in a conversation with another staff member whilst he waited.
I walked quickly to serve him he says “I have not a worry in the world” “Slow down, it is ok and you not need apologise”. “I only have one worry and I don’t know where she is”.
A moment goes by.. He then says “I do know where she is, she is at the hospital having chemo as we speak.”
I pause.. not quite knowing what to say. - What do you say to a perfect stranger whom as divulged so much?
Silence carries us on, it wasn’t an awkward silence, which was strange as we did not know each other. I then plucked up the courage to say
“So, will she be ok?”
"No she won’t be ok, but we are living each day as it comes, I believe we have been given more than many couples, we now have each day and we know our future”.
He then looks up and looks into my eyes and says. “Everyday is a lifetime” his eyes were glistening, glistening with hope, glistening with happiness, glistening with sadness.
He then turned and walked out the door saying:
“Everyday is a lifetime”
It was quite possibly one of the most profound conversations I’ve ever had. Here is a man who’s wife is dying from cancer yet he is still full of hope and happiness. He is living in the present – one day at a time.
We all have something to learn from this quietly confident soul.