Musings

A Step Recognized

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” -Maya Angelou

Each day, as I am driving home after dropping my girls off at school, I always listen to NPR. It eases me into the day, let’s me know what’s going on in the world and introduces interesting topics into my brain.

Yesterdays interview, when I got into the car, had me riveted and pained. It was with a mother who was injured in the recent Boston bombing. Both she and her 18 year-old daughter were hospitalized and the Mom’s injuries resulted in a double amputation.

As she told of her ordeal that day and in the days following, I listened and the rest of the world fell away. Her emotions, her clarity, and her bravery were incredible.

The interview was concluding as I pulled into my driveway and I sat there until the end, listening to her tale. Tears welled in my eyes.

As I walked from my car to the back door of my house, I was more keenly aware of each step that I was taking than I had ever been before.

I was left in awe.

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