I Wish You a Bench
I am grateful for benches… all benches… the stone bench, the wooden bench, the upholstered bench, the stainless steel bench, outdoor garden benches, bike trail benches, and suspended benches, as in the tranquil old-fashioned porch swing. I consider them a work of art, a place to ponder and a necessary option for the heart patient – or anyone with a chronic health condition. They stand as a compassionate and humane tribute to both the weary and the unwell.
Life has a way of changing us. I have acquired a tendency to be on the lookout for benches wherever I go. I want to know approximately when and where I will meander upon the next one. One must always be on guard for the next appropriate space to sit. There can be a sense of urgency associated with finding a bench, as you never know when you will need one. Medications like beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and ace inhibitors may decrease angina but can bring on light-headedness out of the clear blue. Long-acting nitroglycerin can be the culprit for dizziness as well. A bench is something that really comes in useful, whether you are tired, have an existing medical condition or you just want to “sit a spell” and ponder the mysteries of the world.
I wish YOU a bench.
I wish you a bench… after we walk and talk and get some “steps” in as we work hard to make 10,000 steps each day.
I wish you a bench… a place for us to find resolution to problems we cannot solve and words that serve as validation and introspection to heal the wounds of body and heart and mind.
I wish you a bench… when you feel unsure of your future and what lies ahead. After a diagnosis of heart disease or any illness, for that matter, it is normal to feel afraid and unsure of the future. One never knows what lies ahead. One feels less control over their life. We will find hope in sharing and recognizing our “sameness.”
I wish you a bench… a simple place where we can merely sit and view the beauty of God’s world. We will recognize the gift of our earth and the blessings we have. We will feel the peace that surrounds us.
I wish you a bench… where we can watch the world and its people around us and marvel at all the wonders and goodness of others.
I wish you a bench… at the beginning of your morning journey and at the middle of what seems like an eternity or nearing the end of your walk where we feel a sense of accomplishment.
I wish you a bench… a place of hope, knowing full well we are living what millions of people have lived before us. We will unravel great notions as we deliberate such wisdoms as why “You can’t put a question mark where God put a period.”
I wish you a bench…as a place to rest, a place to meditate, a place to catch your breath and slow your heart rate. May it serve as your lighthouse in the distance, protecting and securing your path.
I wish you a bench… as we unravel our journey and decide which way to meander next. We can dawdle with our steps. We can dilly-dally along the way. We can laugh at life and love and family and friends and our words and new beginnings.
I wish you a bench… to pray to our Lord, to share your inner most thoughts and gratitude to our Father above so that you may find His peace in your heart.
I wish you a bench… to slow you down at the end of your day. I wish you a bench as your place to marvel at the moon and the stars.
Whoa! I am exhausted! We took all our steps – over 10,000 even – that is about five miles!
We are darn good!
The American Heart Association would be so proud of us!
I know I need to sit down awhile.
How about you?
Will you join me on this “not so ordinary” park bench here?
This bench is a SPECIAL place for YOU, my SPECIAL friend.