“It is kind of like life.” I said. “Sometimes you just don’t know if you are big enough or strong enough to do it.”
My friend immediately said, “You don’t have to be.”
She told me that when her daughter was younger, they lived next door to an elderly woman. The daughter, who was twelve, would go and visit the elderly neighbor a lot and over time had befriended her.
One day, the elderly friend passed away, and the little girl was asked to officiate the memorial.
She had been the woman’s closest friend.
The girl wrote out the story of her relationship to the lady, and everything that she wanted to say.
On the day of the memorial, she got up there and began to read.
But about half way through, she broke down and could go no further.
A man who was in attendance, came to her and led her to where her mother was sitting and helped her into her chair.
And then turned and walked back up to the podium, and read the rest of what the little girl had written.
You don’t have to do this all by yourself. But how often does it feel as if we do have to do everything? How often do we put too much pressure on ourselves. We stress and worry, and yet in the end, things get done.
We drive cars that someone else made. On roads someone else made. To stores that someone else built. We buy things that someone else made, packaged, and then someone delivered to the store, where someone put it on the shelf.
The more I reflect on this story, the more I am coming to understand that my part in this whole thing is really not so much at all. And I remember the many times in my life when I, like the little girl, went as far as I could go, and then someone else had to step in.
All I really have to do is be what I am.
You see? Everything is interconnected. We are all interconnected. If you wake up in the morning and resolve to be a positive force in the world, and resolve to do your best, then you will.
Life is like a relay race. And we can be grateful that we aren’t the only person on the team!