I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Most of mine had been spent preparing for ABNA and for the SCBWI conference. So needless to say I was quite busy.
However I did manage to get to the gym for my workouts and surprisingly it was there that I had discovered this year's first Earthly Angel.
For all my new friends that have never seen one of my EA posts, I will clarify what EA's are. Almost a year ago to the day I had posted my first EA post. It was during the Blizzard of 2011 in Chicago. A woman had been stranded from the two feet of snow and the whirling 70 mph winds. Her sister ventured out into that dangerous and blinding night and drove thirty miles in those conditions to rescue her.
She was an EA. True, honest, sweet, and caring humans that go beyond the norm to help someone else are labeled EA'S.
But to me the most interesting and most amazing EA is a stranger to the person they help. Today's post is about one such person.
As I arrived at the gym yesterday, a blind man, alone, entered just before me. I had asked if he needed help to the locker rooms ... no this isn't about me. He nodded, introduced himself and took my arm.
I waited a few moments, but he assured me he could manage on his own. Looking back, I reluctantly left and thought how much respect I had for this person. To move on with life, when something as precious as sight was taken away from him, is awe inspiring.
A few moments later, Tom (the blind man) was approached by a another member. Not a "team" member but another gentleman working out too.
I watched the caring patience of this man taking Tom from machine to machine, stacking the weights, guiding Tom with his form, and genuinely enjoying his time with Tom. For two plus hours, I glanced in between my sets. Tom's radiant smile visible in each of his movements.
Timing as it was, we all met in the locker room at approximately the same time. The gentleman shook Tom's hand and told him what a pleasure it was to meet him.
I left with Tom on my arm. Both of us singing the praises of the total stranger who gave so much of himself to help Tom through his workout.
This EA was truly a special man. May you encounter one of these special people in your daily travels through life.
IF you DO, PLEASE let me know. Leave a comment, or email me directly. I really do LOVE posting about these special people. I would like to post about these exceptional people bi-monthly, so keep an eye out for me, will you please.
Did anything special happen to you this weekend? I'd love to hear about it.
DON'T FORGET today is he first submission day for the ABNA contest... Click here for details.
Have a great day everyone.