The following is all true.
So I dreamed last night a scary dream...
I was lying prone in a horizontal but bent position.
My clothes were tattered rags and my legs bare.
I could see my legs, but could not move them--at all.
The bottom of the legs by the ankles were completely skinny, diseased and bright sore red (like burnt), and the skin was falling off them.
I knew I was in immense pain, but could not feel anything.
My legs completely useless, in hopelessness, I looked upward and called out:
"Father! Father! Father!"
I was looking for my dad (who I know deeply loved me and vice versa), and hoping for him to come and help me somehow.
Then, my voice turned and called:
"Father that art in heaven" and repeated this again.
I was turning to G-d as the only one who could help me when everything else was stripped away.
Then I awoke, and I was very afraid and yet somehow comforted--I had turned heavenward and found G-d.
Later this morning, I went to the pool for a swim and as part of my post surgery rehabilitation.
As I was swimming, I saw an old somewhat hunchback lady come to the pool.
I recognized her from other days when she does a little self-defined exercise routine against the side of the pool.
But today, her lane at the sides were taken.
Seeing that she was upset and couldn't do her exercise in the center of the pool, I stopped swimming and went over to her.
I said, "Why don't you share with me (there is plenty of room)?"
She hesitated and I could see maybe she needed help getting under the swim rope that divides the lanes, so I lifted it for her and told her reassuringly, "It's no problem."
And then she went under and did her exercise thing--and we shared.
It was such a small thing for me, but yet I could see it was a big deal for her--she was old and I could tell that she needed her routine.
Sort of funny but, when I offered to help, I could practically here the angels of heaven let out a little song of joy--seriously, I did.
And I thought to myself...Andy, you can learn! ;-)
(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)