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Walking Her Home

Rick Zollinger, MD: Remember we are all walking the path of life. Take time to listen and provide support for those walking alongside you.

It is December and the leaves are off the trees.

Holidays are on the horizon and my mind tends to wander this time of year.

I had the honor to listen to a close friend deal with the struggles of life quite openly.

As I listened, I remembered a song, which came to mind, that I listen to when I want to feel positive about our paths in life.

Look it up I know you will enjoy it. It’s called “Walking Her Home” by the UNC/Chapel Hill Men’s choral group called The Clef Hangers.

You can find it on YouTube.

 

Beautifully sung, it’s about the lifetime journey of a young couple to old age and the joys of that journey.

It ends quietly with the husband and wife lying next to one another one last time on the night she died.

The song beautifully states how he was at her side and promises he will once again be there in some future realm.

 

In these troubling times, as we watch the news or read a newspaper it’s hard to see the good that surrounds us every day.

Life is a struggle with waves of positive and negative events.

 

In these troubling times, as we watch the news or read a newspaper it’s hard to see the good that surrounds us every day. Life is a struggle with waves of positive and negative events. Click To Tweet

 

It’s like sitting by the seashore and watching the never-ending waves continuously break on the shore.

Some waves are small, some are large, but they come with a continuous barrage. Think about how we all deal with those waves, from a small child who is fearful to a young adult who wants to experience the rush of surfing.

The older person sees the riptides that occur and remembers how to swim away and out of trouble.

But through all this there is an anchor that binds us all and allows us to keep going forward it is family, friends, loved ones who provide us with the support we all need.

While life has so many ups and downs it’s our human spirit that allows us to be buoyed up by the good times and allows the bad to dissipate on the shores.

 

Remember we are all walking the path of life.

Take time to listen and provide support for those walking alongside you.

We are all “walking” someone home and I can only hope your companions stop, listen and hold your hand along the way. To show compassion and empathy for your fellow man is my charge to you! Hopefully someone is there “Walking you home”!

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