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Guardian Angels in the Least Likely Places

San Antonio is providing me with lots of experiences and each a storytelling moment.  The magical part about the stories is that they all have lessons that are so universal that I have to share them with you.  I’m not always one who believes that everything happens for a reason, but in the grand scheme of things there are certain chain of events that bring these lessons to light.

I had arranged for a taxi to pick me up three times a week on the nights I work late.  Last night the driver obviously forgot about me so I called the taxi company for a ride.  I got picked up by a nice guy and we started talking about my job and his job and the city’s transit problems given that it’s a service city based on tourism and the buses don’t run late enough.  For many, taking a cab would be cost prohibitive, but he seems to make a good living. 

When I was getting out of the cab he said, “My dad was in the military, I know what it’s like to be in a strange city, not knowing your way around.”  He then followed that with, “If you need to know where to go to eat…call me.  If you need to know directions to a place…call me.  If you’re at a bar and someone is bothering you…call me and I’ll take care of it”.  I chuckled and was grateful for his generosity of service and heart.  I felt like I had a guardian angel.

So translate that to your life following your diagnosis with a chronic or life-threatening illness.  Who has shown up in your life to make your life a bit more comfortable or safe?  Who has shown up in your life that made you feel protected in times of vulnerability?  Even if you never called them for assistance; there’s a comfort in knowing that someone’s got your back.  It’s like having a safety net that you may never have to use and yet makes you feel more secure in everything you need to do on your journey to wellness.

Look around and see where the guardian angels are in your life…I believe you’ll be surprised.  I’d love to hear how and where your guardian angel appeared.  Let me know so we can all marvel at the wonder of the human spirit!