Hearing your child has cancer is the most devastating news a parent could ever hear. It was just as devasting watching my friend, his son and family wrestle with the news. This was truly a “heart to hearts” situation for me. My heart trying to help the hearts of my friend, his wife, his son and four other kids.
On Sunday, my friend drove me back to the airport and thanked me for dropping everything to be his “wing man”. After a parting hug and a “love you man”, I started towards the security lines. As I stood there waiting for my turn to present my ID, I started to make a mental list of the amazing “wing men & women” in my life that have grabbed corners of my stretcher from time to time. I started texting them and thanking them for being in my life. I also asked them to pray from my buddy’s son.
Then I thought to myself, I should share this experience in my next “Heart to Hearts” post. The purpose behind this post is two-fold: 1) Who are you being a “wing man (or woman)” to? 2) Who are your wing support people? Helping others and asking for help is so important in life. We need people in our lives to encourage, support and help us. I have learned first hand that pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. Having people in my life has helped me avoid “misery” and I truly believe people can help you too. All you have to do is “ask”.
If you find yourself making a mental list of your “wing support” team, today might be a great day to drop them a little note… “Hi, I just wanted to thank you for being in my life. You are such a source of encouragement to me.”
I also want to use this post to THANK YOU for being part of my support team. I love your comments, your encouragement and your support. I may never meet you in person but know I’m immensely grateful for your support.