from a friend….
I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked.
‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice.
I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened.
A small woman in her 90?s stood before me.
She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years.
All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no locks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters.
In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said.
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.
‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’
‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’
‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly.
‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said.
‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice. ’
I looked in the rear-view mirror.
Her eyes were glistening.
‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..
The doctor says I don’t have very long.’
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city.
She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.
She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me.
It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.
They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.
The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.
‘Nothing,’ I said
You have to make a living,’ she answered.
‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.
She held onto me tightly.
‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said.
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.
Behind me, a door shut.
It was the sound of the closing of a life..
I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift.
I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.
What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~ BUT THEY ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
The MEGA Coach
This very moment is all that you have.
Right now is the only time available to create what you want in your life.
It does not happen in the future, it does not happen in the past.
Your life happens right now.
Do you expect good things to happen to you?
Are you consistently open and positive to life and expecting good for yourself and others?
Even more important, do you expect miracles to happen?
In order to experience miracles, you have to believe that miracles are possible.
Do you believe in miracles?
It takes just as much energy to thing small as it does to think big.
So what would happen if you expand your consciousness and think big right now?
The freedom of choice allows you to think, believe and choose whatever you want.
You create your own reality from your thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions.
You are an all powerful force created by God with co-creative ability.
Maintain a consistent, focused attention and positive mental attitude.
It is critical to creating and having a prosperous life.
It empowers you to attract and manifest wonderful relationships, experiences, health & abundance.
Take responsibility for programming your own mind and life instead of letting TV, radio, the internet, advertising, society, the government, and others program you. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting and supportive people and things.
Consciously choose to expect the best in yourself, in others and in life.
Acknowledge that miracles do happen.
Be open to thinking big and receiving big.
“I give thanks for this perfect day, miracle shall follow miracle and wonders shall never cease.”
“The unexpected now happens, my seemingly impossible good now manifests.”
Acknowledge that you are a Miracle Maker!
There is GOLD DUST in the air!
The MEGA Coach
“Life presents us with challenges that we must overcome,
And sometimes all the detours can leave the senses numb.
Life is filled with stumbling blocks we pass along the way.
But it can become a stepping stone when love comes into play.
Whenever there’s an obstacle that we must rise above,
It helps to overcome it with an attitude of love.
For anger never solves a thing and stress will bring us down,
But love unlocks the doorway where hope and faith are found.
So many things divide us throughout the human race,
But love’s the great uniter, the smile on mankind’s face!
Life presents us with challenges that we must rise above,
And blessed is he who can maintain an attitude of love.”
The MEGA Coach
It is amazing how life works.
Do you realize that everything is connected?
“Every person is a golden link in my chain of good.”
Florence Scovel Shinn
Everything is made up of energy.
All energy is created from the same original substance and by the creative force of the universe.
It is available to everyone and does not discriminate.
Start where you are.
Do what you can with what you have where you are.
Do your best.
Trust that where you are is where you are supposed to be.
Take the next step from where you are.
One thing leads to another even though you may not be able to see the full plan from where you are.
We are not given the entire picture, just the next step.
We must have faith that by taking the next step, the next one will present itself.
“Everything is happening in perfect, divine order.”
Florence Scovel Shinn
Life is a game. We have to learn how to play.
As children we learn how to play and too often as adults we stop playing and having fun.
Being serious is not the solution – being creative and curious like a child is.
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”
Sir James Barrie
The MEGA Coach