Day 111: Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do With Help

“Whew,” I uttered as I flopped down in my seat at work at 3:45 p. m.

I was so busy today I forgot to eat. I folded laundry. I did a radio interview for Inside Her Story with Jacque Reid at Sirius XM about my book, I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married. I worked on the noon show, ran to the doctor, and now I’m back to write for the four, five and six o’clock shows, I thought.
Then, I looked at the rundown and realized my manager limited my assignments so I wasn’t overwhelmed.

Yesterday, I was so exhausted from the lack of sleep due to my allergies I thought I’d pass out at my desk. I was re-energized after eating a protein ball gifted to me by my co-worker Ashley.

On Tuesday, the symptoms of my concussion returned after I decided not to wear my sunglasses for four hours. As I tried to calm my brain and nerves my co-worker Ashley said in a soft voice, “do you want me to get you tea?”

“No thanks,” I said reluctantly.

“Well edit room one is open if you need a dark, quiet place to rest. Don’t be stubborn.”

Earlier in the day, I heard a familiar voice that I couldn’t place say, “What kind of pizza did you get?” I turned around and discovered Robin Roberts was asking me about my lunch. We began a brief light hearted conversation.

“I don’t know how you are in such a good mood, especially since you’ve been up so long,” I said.

“Meditation,” she responded

As we parted ways, Robin noticed I had my meal tray clutched in my only free hand due to the cane.

“You need help with that?”

“No, but thank you for asking,” I replied, thinking about the host of people who never ask to assist me.

“It has been one heck of week,” I mutter. “A lot of highs and lows. TGIF.”

Reflecting on my week reminded me of a Gregory Peck quote, “tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?” He just forgot getting through rough patches often requires a little help, encouragement and kindness from others.

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