I took a walk with someone today, a person I’ve known for only a few weeks, who’s not very old but has experienced a lot in his relatively short life. He’s trying to stay on the right path, trying to do right by his wife and soon to be born children.
When I arrived at his house he had forgotten we had a session and had made other plans. Before he left, however, he was going to check his mail at the entrance to his neighborhood. It’s a good distance from his home so I asked if I might join him. He didn’t mind so we walked and talked about his life and the difficulties he’s experiencing. I encouraged him to keep making good choices, to remember what he does today determines who he’ll be tomorrow, that people are counting on him to be a good man and a good father. When we arrived back at his house we set up another appointment, I told him thanks for the chat and left.
Our time together wasn’t what I expected but was thankful for the opportunity to accompany another person on their path, to share their load as we journeyed together.