Life’s Daily Inspiration “ To Inspire”
First , what does this word mean ” Inspire ” per Merriam – Webster ” something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create , a force or influence that inspires someone ”
I believe this is very personal , what inspires you or encourages you may mean something completely different to another person .
We know what the word inspire means but the question is what inspires you?
Do you have a lifesdailyinspirational moment?
Would you share your lifesdailyinspirational moment ?
We have cared for many ,many ,hospice patients , and in their every day life with us , they have either verbalized or demonstrated what inspires them .
Annie was one of our hospice patients . She was 37 years old and a single parent. When we first met her she was very quite , appeared timid and withdrawn.
She had walls up , and appeared very guarded , it was obvious to us she was hurting .
Physical pain vs Soul pain
Little by little Annie began letting her walls down .She shared with us that she and her 30 year old husband Al planned a vacation to Denver Colorado. Annie said that she was raised there and was an avid skier and she couldn’t wait to share this beauty with Al. He had never ever seen snow . Don’t you think that was an inspirational moment for Al ?
Annie went into detail of the beauty and seeing his excitement thru his eyes when they arrived in Denver .Annie described it like a child on Christmas Day . She laughed when telling how many times he fell but he would always bounce back up .
She encouraged him , and he inspired her with his determination to learn how to well not fall . Ha ha
She was well experienced with her skiing skills but loved being with Al at the beginners slope.
On the day that Annie and Al were to return home
Al told Annie ” I won’t to go back to the slopes one more time and I want you to tape me skiing , not falling , if I fall we can edit that , but I want to show everyone that I learned to ski” Annie said he was so proud , so they adjusted their plans and off they went , so happy and taking everything in .
Annie had the camera ready for this all inspiring event and to show the family ,that the man that had never seen snow can SKI. She describes every detail of his excitement, and how she would edit if/ when he fell.
Annie said ” he was so happy , so very happy, and then he got a little too confident and maybe cocky , and he lost control .All of this on video …
What was suppose to be an exciting vacation in Denver Colorado, turned out to be a family tragedy, and one that lasted for years. Annie’s life was forever changed .
Al lost control and lost his life
She described how she felt she was in a really bad dream and walking like a zombie .She had vague memories of how she flew back home .She then practiced how she was going to share the horrible news to their 4 year old daughter Chelsey and his parents.
Annie’s parents had died in a car wreck together years ago and she was an only child .She had a ” wonderful relationship with Al’s parents , they had always been good to Annie and Chelsey .
Al and Annie wanted to have more children as they both were only children and they wanted Chelsey to have siblings to lean on when ” life got hard ”
She couldn’t wait to be with his parents and Chelsey
Annie described their relationship and their home as a safe place , she wanted , needed to collapse in their arms and in their love in hopes to be able to breathe . As Annie broke the news, you can only imagine their devastation .Annie said his parents took care of she , Chelsey, and everything including getting his body back and making funeral arrangements.
Annie describes how Al’s best friend Tom gave the eulogy. It was beautiful, sad , respectful , funny and truthful . Al had actually sent Tom video while they were in Denver of him falling down on the slopes ,laughing, getting back up back , falling down , laughing and getting back up .Tom said this went on and on but he was determined to stand up on those slopes before he left .
Al’s Mission , legacy and inspiration- Annie spoke at the funeral her message was short and sweet ” My Al left Chelsey and all of us the most inspiring message to live by – When you fall down get back up !
Thanks to Al’s message , Annie was able to raise their daughter Chelsey to live by her Dad’s legacy , when you fall down get back up ! Annie knew she didn’t have long to live .
She reminded Chelsey how strong she was , yes life can be hard ,and Chelsey would miss her but she would be ok ,
In conclusion, when we do fall down , which we will , we hope we can be an encourager , and inspire others “ when you fall down get back up “
Thank you for reading with us today and please let us know what inspiring lessons you have learned or would like to pass to others !
Let’s inspire !
Blessings on you and yours,
Elaine and Scarlett