I was feeling weary today at the office after working almost non-stop from the morning, chasing a tight project deadline. I have to deliver a report for a client tomorrow, and on top of that a pile of assignments on my desk keep on reminding me that I need to finish marking by Monday next week. It has been a busy week – come to think about it, a hectic month. I’m tired.
Just when I tipped my toe in the pool of self-pity, I was reminded again that my problems were nothing compared to those faced by so many people in the world.
I was ready to go home from the office today at 6.30pm and I thought I’d check the news one more time before I headed home – a picture caught my attention, showing a guy with a placard in front of him. The story is about Kristian Anderson – a Sydneysider who is fighting bowel cancer. He created a video to wish his wife, Rachel, a happy birthday and to thank her for her support and love. I took the risk of watching the clip at the office – it was already empty then. Kristian even enlisted the help of New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key (as Rachel is from New Zealand) as well as Hugh Jackman! The video clip made me misty eyed – it’s a perfect example of what love can do. I used to be a much more melancholic guy – the years have unfortunately dulled down the green pastures that were once alive with ideas and romance and exposed the jaggedness of my emotions. Clips like this remind me to get back in touch with my emotions.
If you want to support Kristian, his blog is here – and this is the story that he shares with a breakfast radio show to highligh his experience. I thought I’d share this with you all. It has certainly taught me to appreciate Yani a lot more.
To Kristian and Rachel, you don’t know me and I don’t know if you ever read this – but you are in my prayers, matey – keep fighting and keep the faith. You have blessed me through your display of love and I pray that His will and miracle be revealed in your life! God bless.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)