#89: Struggling To Help Others

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This morning I saw runners participating in a hospital fundraiser.

Actually, the people at the end were more walkers than runners. Sweat streaked their soaked shirts and caked their faces. Their energy was clearly almost gone. Some barely qualified as a walker; one used a cane, another hobbled so much I wanted to offer him a ride.

But I knew better.

They, be they runners or walkers, didn't want help and likely would have refused it. Just so they could struggle on for another block, another mile, as pain gripped their calves and their feet swelled and sweat stung their eyes.

Yes, I knew better than to offer a ride. They didn't want one. What they wanted was to finish the event. They were dedicated and so they persevered.

The look of anguish on their faces was pitiful.

They were to be admired, though, not only for their dedication to finishing, but for their efforts to further the cause of better medical care for women and children.

That's what was beneath their agony. To help others they will never meet, strangers who in the future will need extraordinary care.

I honked and waved gave a thumbs up as I passed. In return, I received smiles and feeble waves and the feeling that despite the troubles of the world, here were people foregoing their Saturday morning to donate their time and push their bodies nearly beyond endurance to benefit a higher cause.

What they couldn't have known as they struggled step by painful step was that their passion would bring tears of appreciation to my eyes and passion and respect to my heart.

It was a great way to begin the day.
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    Some people are really special like that, helping others who they don't even know. Nice story.
    4215 days ago
    A wonderful blog; thank you for posting this. I understand their need to persevere, and applaud their efforts. What a lesson they taught us.
    4216 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    What a lovely post. Kudos to those that involve themselves in an event like this to help other and kudos to you too for acknowledging them. I know I can get busy and forget moments like this
    and I appreciate your reminder to stop and think and be much more appreciative.

    4216 days ago
    I'd have been boohooing next to you, my friend. Bravo for those who give beyond what is comfortable to give!!
    4216 days ago
    Applause to those participants! What a sight it must have been - awesome to say the least!
    4216 days ago
    I have tears in my eyes reading about it. Hope the rest of your day is great too. Joy
    4216 days ago
    Fantastic! I bet that your smile. wave and thumbs up meant more to those folks than you know! Always remember it is the little things that often mean so much.
    4216 days ago
    Beautiful. You've inspired me to write. I love those moments when life makes a little more sense. Thank you for sharing your moment.
    Have a lovely day.
    4216 days ago
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