George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
The Best of Everything
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an
elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his
thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00.
took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over
an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at
his watch and decided since I was not busy with another patient, I
would evaluate his wound. On examining it I saw it was well healed, so
I talked to one of the doctors and got the needed supplies to remove
his sutures and redress his wound.
taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's
appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told
me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with
inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a
while! As she is a victim of Alzheimer's disease.
we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He
replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized
him in five years now.
was surprised and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even
though she doesn't know who you are?'
smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me but I still know who she
is.' I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my
arm and thought,
'That is the kind of love I want in my
life. True love is neither physical nor romantic'.
True love is an
acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
Peace is seeing a
sunset and knowing who to thank. The happiest people don't necessarily
have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they
I hope you share this with
someone you care about, I just did. Life isn't about how to survive the
storm but how to dance in the rain.
The road to success
is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called
Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies,
caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs.
But, if you have a
spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance
called Faith, a driver called The Almighty God, you will make it to a
place called Success.
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