I found gratitude in the Emergency department at our local hospital. Strange place to find it especially when I wasn’t even looking. But, isn’t that the best kind of gratitude?
Last night I took my daughter to the Emergency because she had a bad stomach flu and there was no other clinics available. As soon as we pulled up we could see the place was full. It was going to be a long night.
My first thought was I was going to have to sit beside someone who was sick as there were few chairs left. Once, I settled in for the wait, I realized I was so lucky.
You can’t help but feel grateful for your health when you are surrounded by sick people. One elderly gentlemen struggled to get up. Children were so sick they didn’t even have the energy to cry. Two young athletes had been injured and were in extreme pain. Even if I was breathing in all of those germs, I was breathing unaided by an oxygen tank. Life is good.
I was grateful that I could be there with my daughter. I watched as those who waited alone seem to suffer a greater pain.
I was grateful to live in a country where many people stood to help an elderly lady up out of her chair and gather her things when her name was called. To know that if it was me, someone would care enough to help.
I was grateful I don’t have to work at 11 pm unless I chose to and it usually means in my PJ’s in my cute little office doing something I love so much that I would rather work than sleep. These nurses and doctors put in so much time and energy around the clock to make sure we can get well.
I was and am grateful for Canada’s free healthcare. No one was turned away. No one was asked to pay.
In the end, I found community, caring, and hope in a place no one wants to go to.
A powerful source of inspiration often found in the most desperate places.
Just take a moment and appreciate all the wonderful things in your life, even if it comes down to breathing germ-filled air with a sick daughter in the emergency room. Because even there, life can be good