Contributed By Deepak Ohri

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'

Moral: True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

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On Judging Others

Created on 27 January 2011
Contributed By Brian Cavanaugh

A brother committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses was invited, but he refused to attend. Then the superior sent someone to say to him, "Come, for everyone is waiting for you."

So Abba Moses got up and went. He took a leaking jug, filled it with water, and carried it with him.

The others came out to meet him and asked, "What is this, father?"

The old man said to them, "My sins run out behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the error of another."

When they heard this they said no more to the brother but forgave him instantly.
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