Today I was making progress in my minimalism process with the overwhelming number of folders on my computer screen when: I inadvertently tripped a switch which took me back down memory lane and up popped a forgotten program containing ‘personal archived’ documents.
Bummed out, burned out for the past few days I couldn’t force myself to write ‘anything’. I felt like the power of words deserted me, disappeared altogether.
I’d asked myself why from time to time I experience this occurrence. The answer points to certain posts I see on social media, (news articles and a few personal ones).
I decided both of these are ‘toxic’ to me and today I have yet to access either. Brownie points earned!!
After breakfast I read the document on my PC screen. It brought back nice memories and also reinforced recent thoughts on the definition of true friendships and how they are such a rarity in today’s society.
I read line after line of notes taken and then words ‘integrity’ combined with ‘breathtaking beauty’ appeared with regard to a high school classmate who’d ventured north in search of a simpler life and created a booming engineering firm.
At the time he’d messaged me, he was widowed and suffering from the debilitating disease MS. His residence was a nursing home with most beautiful scenic landscapes.
For most, day-to-day life in a nursing home void of family members local would be a most depressing prospect. This man chose courage. Never once did he complain about his situation and he continually kept a positive attitude.
During good weather he’d seek a sunny spot outdoors taking advantage of life’s surrounding beauty while confined to his wheelchair. He never let on the seriousness of his progressive illness.
I had no idea until nearing the end of his life his method of communication to the outside world was solely through head controls.
He (more of a stranger than family) kept in touch sharing nice messages with a small circle of hometown friends.
As I read over my notes, I still remember the day he sent me a new release from my favorite Australian country music artist.
Wow!! Imagine a man with a disability found time to brighten my day.
Fake friends are easy to find. Many folks know you when all is fine then suddenly forget you when your life becomes tough.
Was my tripping across these notes a message heaven-sent from a departed loved one not to break boundaries to ensure another likes you.