Kara Bear

Kara Bear is forever ♡


I share this entry because of the amazement I felt having served this particular passenger.

I picked up a gentleman late one fall evening who came out of a care facility. He appeared very tired. I quickly learned that this man had just finished another one of his near daily visits to his wife who had remained in a coma for over 10 years. Many years ago, this man woke up in the middle of the night to discover that his wife lay next to him unconscious. She never regained consciousness.

The stress of this man’s experience had taken its physical toll on him. Despite the stress clearly aging him during this endeavor, he projected happiness and contentment despite enduring what few could possibly imagine. His love for this other human being was simply a different level of intensity and devotion.

The commitment and dedication driven by unremitted love this man displayed moved and inspired me. This man’s dedication could have easily been a Nicholas Sparks novel.

It reminded me that in the darkest of times and places, there is immense love surrounding us, even if we are unaware of it.

Reach Back

When you find yourself at a new elevation in life, offer another person the same vantage point.

As you reach forward with one hand, accept the advice of those who have gone before you, and in the same manner, reach back with the other hand to those who follow you; for life is a fragile chain of experiences held together by love.

From a card my father gave me when I was a college student. This has stayed with me for many years and has inspired my philosophy as an educator.

Colleen Sweeney