Deep Meaning of Encouragement
We all need encouragement and support. One of the laws of nature that I have discovered is that the more you give, the more you get in return. I have once again seen a good example of this over the past couple of weeks.
Richard Bernstein is a blind lawyer who is also a triathlete, Ironman finisher, and multi-time marathon finisher. Amazing accomplishments for anyone, and even more impressive for a blind person. But, it doesn’t stop there – in his work as a lawyer he often helps others who are disabled or handicapped. He has turned his disability into his advantage and a way to help others.
Several weeks ago, Ricky, as his Dad and I call him, was severely injured when he was hit by a bicyclist while walking in Central Park in New York. He was really banged up in general and has significant mouth and facial injuries. His hip is severely fractured and that is now the most problematic for a previously independent blind person. They are estimating that he will be in the hospital around 4 weeks.
The family expressed concern regarding Ricky’s emotions during this period of time and ongoing recovery saying “you know how you all are when you can’t get out and go!” They are worried that he will need a lot of encouragement. Yes we know! So, we put out a call for support to the athletic community. The response has been overwhelming!
The outpouring of support and encouragement from the athletic community is beyond what I expected. Athletes from around the world have sent cards, notes, and care package to help Ricky in his recovery. This has including a number of professionals including former Olympian and a top Ironman athlete Dirk Bockel of Luxemburg. The folks at Ironman headquarters even sent a swag package to support Ricky.
It is touching and reassuring to see encouragement and support in action when it is needed. We all need it from time to time, and usually on an ongoing basis. The best way to get it is to give it – the returns are plentiful!