Family Post from Coach Bry
A few weeks ago, my mom fell as she was going to the bathroom one morning and to hear her scream for help because she was unable to get up on her own and being in pain. Seeing her struggle to get off the floor and me having to use all my strength to help her up really showed me a lot. One thing I do know is I am thankful I was home when it happened because who knows what would of happened to her if I wasn't. That was one moment for me where it showed me how important it is that I am there for my mom whenever and however I can be. I was very scared and sad seeing her on the floor and her being challenged to get up.
Another moment that happened a few days after that is when she asked me to give her a bath. She mentioned to me that she hadn't been able to physically take a bath in 4 years (she only been taking showers the past few years) and that she would just really like to get in and enjoy it. I told her I didn't mind helping her get in and help get her situated. Little did I know, offering to help my mom do something that she has been wanting to do for a long time would turn into such a humbling and appreciative moment for me.
The process to get her in and out almost put me in tears. Having to be strategic and gentle to get her in because her legs were hurting so much and she is not able to use them fully because of the lack of strength in them. To see her just be so happy to be in the tub and have bubbles and all that, made me happy for her. I saw her get so frustrated though when we had to get her out. To see her not be able to use her legs or arm strength to get out and for me to have physically pull her out myself; I was like wow. I just thanked God for me being healthy one to help my mom in that moment, but also just thankful for being able to do all I am able to do. Seeing my mom in that process broke my heart literally because I know that was not easy and was beyond frustrating to have your mind want to do something your body physically just can't do.
I share these experiences because it really puts things in perspective. As people I believe we have the tendency to take things for granted, especially the small things. Like being able to eat, breathe, walk, run, talk, see, hear, and just live. When we really think about it and ask ourselves, what would we do if everything was taken from us? If we weren't able to use our legs, arms, be able to cook on our own or even have energy just to get up everyday. This is something I have observed not only with my mom, but also with my grandma.
To see what I consider very strong independent woman, all of a sudden have their basic needs of life slowly being stripped from them really began to break my heart. It made me want to pray more for my mom just for strength, peace, healing, restoration, and a will to keep going. We could always say what we think we would do in a situation until we get in it. I honestly don't know how I would handle it if I was in the journey my mom is in. I also believe that God knows who and what to give what to. There are people who can handle the cancer battle, the financial set backs, the family issues, and so on. It goes back to we will never get more than we can bare on us and that is something I am seeing with my mom. She may get tired, but she never gives up.
Key Takeaway: Again, I share this because I want us to learn to be grateful for all we do have. We may not have all we want or be living the life we desire right now, but we have so many things to be thankful for. Let us not wait until it is taken from us or not able to use it anymore before we appreciate what we have. Always remember that life may not always be an easy process, but if we change our attitude, mentality and effort; our lives will begin to change.
Today lets be thankful for another day of life and never give up. What we deal with is only temporary, it wont last forever. Appreciate the little things and be thankful for all and any blessings that come our way. It is always easy to focus on the negatives, but in the mist of those negatives; there are always some positives to appreciate it in the long run!
Thank you for reading Life Changers, hope this encourages you today!