“Always take note of who supports you genuinely. Those are the people you should always keep around.” -Unknown
Most days I see obstacles the way most guys do:
– “I can fix that.”
– “Get outta my way. I can lift that.”
– “My hands are full, loop that over my shoulder. I’m not making TWO trips.”
But… every once in a while I’m still that little boy inside.
(Yes, that’s really me in the picture throwing a tantrum. Thanks mom. 💙)
THAT boy needs to turn to someone half my size who can put a small, delicate hand on the back of my neck, pull me in for a hug, and say (something like) this:
-“It’s getting hard to hold all that up, isn’t it?” (Running a comforting hand over my scalp.)
-“Yes.” (My head down, wiping at my nose with the back of my hand.)
-“You know you don’t have to do everything by yourself, right? You tell everyone else to ask for help. Maybe you should too.” (Hands me a tissue and scrunches her nose playfully to show me that’s gross.)
-“I know, but…”
-(Lifts my face to meet hers and kisses my forehead to cut me off.) “Hush. Stop it.”
-“Okay.” (Deep breath.)
-“Better?” (Holds me tight until I answer.)
-“Actually… yes.” (A smile creeping across my face.)
-“Alright, now go back to work.”
-“I will. Thank you.” (Standing to hug her again and noticing that the top of her head barely reaches my collar bone.)
-“Anytime. Now… (pats me on the butt) …get OUT of here!”
-“You’re a dork. Go!”
I drive away, chin and tunes turned up:
Unburdened. Unapologetic. Unbroken.
True strength has nothing to do with physical stature.
(To my amazing friend who doesn’t need to know what to say, just always knows what to ask then LISTENS… thank you for making me feel 10-feet tall again. I’m so grateful you are in my life without expectations. I owe you. So, if your dishwasher ever breaks or your car won’t start, well, you know… I can fix that. 😉)