Earlier this week I spent the day in the Hospital. The reason is not important, but the experience has been profound for me.
Atlanta's Emory Hospital is a highly rated care facility. They have provided care for the indigent and Presidents. (in fact last fall I spent time there with President Carter and Roselyn when he was receiving brain cancer treatment, an amazing human being)
Today was different though.
In a room with 8 very sick people, I realized I was looking into the eyes of the dying, yet they hold tight to the hope that this treatment will save them.
In them I saw my moms heroic losing battle with cancer.
I saw my Dad, nearing his 95 birthday, alone in a nursing home, isolated from his family by COVID 19. We talk, but I can't put my arms around him, and tell him I love him.
I saw a caring and compassionate group of caregivers that did not judge anyone by skin color, only their needs.
A very gaunt Black man was helped into the room by his caring daughter and was seated next to me. We made eye contact and he greeted me with "Happy Father's Day".
A special type of man!
It is not a perfect world. Hateful people of all races continue to shoot, kill and loot on the streets of Atlanta, Chicago, New York, LA, Houston..............
But most of us have not lost our humanity. It's just that the ones that have seem to scream the loudest.
Please engage with those around you. You may never know the difference you can make in one persons life..
I am not a country music fan, but in the 70's a College friend introduced me to John Prine. I remain a fan.
This song has always been special, but is more meaningful today than ever.