This morning, I ended up with some unexpected time to walk the track at my local gym. This image was what I had the privilege of witnessing. A man and a woman caring deeply for one another. I walked for a long time. And so did they.
They gently held one another’s hand as they circled around and around the track. At one point, the husband had to let go of his wife’s hand to shed his sweatshirt since he had started to heat up a bit. And you know what he did once he put down his sweatshirt?
He reached right back out and held her hand again.
I’ll admit, my eyes filled with tears multiple times as I wondered about their journey together. Neither appeared as strong or as upright as I imagine they once were. I could see that their hands were gripping one another’s, but likely not as firmly as they once had because of their now tight and achy joints. Their pace was likely not as fast as it once was. Their gait was likely not as fluid. They leaned into one another to share thoughts as it seemed that their hearing also was not what it once was.
It was BEAUTIFUL, people.
At one point, I walked beside the couple and shared that I was blessed by observing their interactions with one another. They both smiled and the wife said, “We hold one another up to keep from falling.” We exchanged a few more words and I affirmed that their kindness and gentleness toward one another was inspiring.
Then, I walked away and my eyes began to fill again.
Maybe she had just shared with me her key to a strong partnership. Maybe she had just spoken truth about how we are to act toward one another.
Their message will stay with me.
The message from our brief verbal exchange, but even more so, the message from witnessing their gentle, protective, loving, compassion for one another.
“We hold one another up to keep from falling”.
I am so grateful my eyes were open to see this beauty displayed right in front of me today.
May my eyes and ears remain open…looking…listening.
And may we heed the wisdom from this lovely lady and all find ways to hold one another up to keep from falling.