Intensive Caring

April 15th, 2011

Sitting in the orthopedist’s waiting room last week, I suddenly realized everyone, including me, was wearing some sort of cast or appliance on one or more  of their limbs. Our wounds were right out there in the world, visible to all. I started wondering what it would be like if we had the power to peer into strangers’ lives and hearts and see all the emotional traumas they had sustained over a lifetime. The window cleaner on the corner who doesn’t have the money to take his mother to the doctor.  The waitress at your favorite restaurant who never reveals she lost her only child a long time ago. Your child who still remembers waking up and you weren’t there. We are all stitched up and patched together and sent back out into the world after every majoror minor psychic surgery, limping along, doing our healing mostly in private. Wouldn’t it be a relief if we could wear a warning that said “My heart is broken so please handle with care” in the same way we make allowances for someone crossing the road on crutches?

3 Responses to “Intensive Caring”

  1. Edie says:

    I like this thought. There was a time in my life that I was emotionally paralyzed. I literally could not make an emotional, Spiritual, or mental move and watched others run by while I sat there screaming on the inside “Don’t leave me, hey wait I can’t move”. I wondered if I could put myself in some kind of “emotional, Spiritual, & mental” wheelchair maybe somebody would grab the back of it and push me along with them. But no such luck and got the “what in the hell is wrong with you” look instead. But of course – that is the question that needed answered. What the hell was wrong with me? What would possess me to shackle myself to all baggage that I had been carrying around that became so heavy that it literally weighed me down? I didn’t have the answer. So I let go of it. Got up and started walking…

  2. …..you write so beautifully..

  3. Jen says:

    Somehow.. everything you write always makes me feel more connected to the world… it’s amazing.

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