Being physically different is not so important as being courageous enough to exhibit faithfulness to one's own mental ability to strive, showing diligently that one is alive, human and willing to step beyond one's own predicament and share and care for one's fellow human beings. In doing so, one succeeds at being different, sometimes extraordinarily different, like an eighty-two year old woman I know.
She engages in every kind act possible, from taking her ninety year old friend grocery shopping, to strolling through her meditation garden with visiting tourists who need some comfort or solice from life's troubling misfortunes.
She still provides bountiful, traditional feasts for her children and grandchildren, never expecting more than kisses and warm hugs in return.
She is no ordinary woman. Her eight children and community are inspired by her youthful spirit, her endless energy and her relentless desire to make people happy and feel they belong to a group of very special human beings.
That extraordinary, special woman is my very own mother.
Causes Wendy McNally Supports
Cancer Support; Sick Kids