You just never know what’s going to happen in a hotel gym.
I woke up really early this morning and decided to get a quick workout done before the rush on the gym equipment. I thought I would be working out alone but there was a young man lifting weights beside the elliptical machine I planned to use. I opened my Maclean’s magazine and started into my workout routine.
Tom introduced himself and initiated a friendly conversation. I closed the magazine and asked him a few questions. Within a few minutes, Tom was telling me about a dilemma that he was facing at work. Tom has cerebral palsy and felt that he was being discriminated against at work. He had an important meeting at work this afternoon, to discuss his concerns.
“I don’t usually ask strangers for advice but I value your perspective. You just seem like you understand. “
Then he said the following.
“You feel like a safe person to talk to, Diane. How would you handle the situation?”
After spending the past four days attending a seminar about spiritual and emotional healing, Tom’s words meant so much to me.
Being a safe person for someone is sacred.
Tom and I continued to talk for about forty minutes. We brainstormed about some creative ways to communicate his concerns. Tom was so excited and thankful for the discussion that he offered me free financial advice for the next five years. Sweet and generous . . . but we already have a financial advisor. Besides, I wasn’t looking for a payout.
People need a ear. All I had to do was close the magazine and care.
“I just can’t believe that you would care enough to talk to me. You saw through my disability and you helped me so much.”
What a great way to start the day.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honour. Romans 12.10