‘You don’t look twice’ when you’re able bodied. Your there, rushing to get to work, ‘pounding the pavement’ to catch that bus, or grabbing that coffee. It’s like a mental repertoire of the familiar as we journey through our everyday. You go into autopilot. Then things go ‘pear shaped’.
Here is insight from a working age woman reflecting on human kindness after her world was ‘turned upside down’ a few years ago.
I get around on a 4 wheel walker these days. It’s a proper ‘pain in the neck’. Wasn’t part of my 5 year plan! But ‘it is what it is’ and has taught me a thing or two about the human spirit.
These 3 small things mean the world to me.
- The power of a smile It’s the smile of someone walking past. They understand. It is a quiet acknowledgement. A kindness that needs no words. How delightful!
- Time I need to plan things to the minutest detail. I love it when people appreciate that there is no such thing as hurrying up. I need to live my life considered now, not ‘hitting the ground running’ like when I was a rep.
- Small acts of kindness It’s the person that holds the umbrella over your head even though there not going your way. The lady that hails down a cab for you because they know you can’t.
My world may be small these days but these things really put a ‘smile on my dial’.
Term phrase meaning
- You dont look twice – you don’t have to think about it
- Pounding the pavement – running
- Pear shaped – don’t turn out like you think
- Turned upside down- things happen out of your control
- It is what it is – a common phrase. The way things are.
- Pain in the neck – very annoying
- Hit the ground running – common term used in team building. Means to do your best
- Smile on my dial – make me happy
I strapped my leg into the brace, remembered days when I could race.
Run a race or walk for a while, those memories still make me smile.
For with a pack upon my back, these legs had travelled far and wide,
And through the years had journeyed far, now shorter steps replace their stride.
Now up the road or down a lane, whatever's safe whatever's sane.
This is my world however small, the distance less so I don't fall.
BY D GRANT 2020
This story’s ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ of a friend of mine. She’s an Occupational Therapist. Last week she had been having one of her new clients trial a mobility scooter. She’d already ‘slogged it out’ ‘pounding the pavement’ on hilly footpaths. The scooter had ‘all the bells and whistles’ and her client took their newfound freedom like a ‘kid at the candy store’. She had to race to keep up. Should’ve worn sneakers, she thought to herself.
The scooter looked alot like a golf buggy but with an office chair slapped on top of it ‘for good measure’. Suffice to say she was ‘buggered’ by the end of the day and was ‘hanging to get home’. As such she ‘didn’t even blink’ before getting into a smallish lift on that mobility scooter. Her client pressed the button, the door shut, and great we’re right to go. Oh hang on, let me rewind that again. Her client presses the button, the door shuts, nothing happens.
It’s a bit like a scene out of the Matrix. A choice between two different realities. She shared today that she’s not sure that she would have ‘held it all together’ if she felt the client wasn’t on the other side of the lift door. She wanted to make sure she kept a professional image. Given she was told it would be a 30-45 minute wait before they could rescue her was a bit freaky. By this stage I bet her ‘heart was in her mouth’. I really felt for her. Seriously though, she was ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ cause she couldn’t even get off the scooter in the lift to turn around. There wasn’t enough room. Man, I think I ‘would have lost it’. Fifteen minutes later though it begins to move. Bet that was a long fifteen minutes!
D GRANT 2020
- Straight from the horse’s mouth – direct from the person
- Slogged it out – tiring walk
- Pounding the pavement – walk or run
- All the bells and whistles – additional extras
- Kid at the candy store – excited
- For good measure – in addition to what has already been said
- Buggered – tired
- Hanging to get home – keen to get home
- Didn’t even blink – didnt think about it
- Held it all together – remained calm
- Heart was in her mouth – very nervous
- Stuck between a rock and a hard place – in a difficult situation
- Would have lost it – stop being in control of your emotions