Yesterday, as I helped a woman with MS and arthritis get down some icy steps and into her car, I thought about how easily this could be me and that I was so blessed to live the life I am living now.  She was so fragile, and scared to come down those icy steps, and no one around me seemed to notice. I would want someone to notice me and see my fragility like I saw hers.  And I realized how fragile we all are, some more than others, but all of us nonetheless are fragile as part of the human condition.  When I made this journal entry last night, I wasn’t sure where it came from and it was not until this morning that I realized that it was a reaction to my feelings about fragility and vulnerability that I experienced in my few minutes with someone I did not know, someone I may never see again.  I was a little afraid of this face, what did it mean?  Until I recognized that I had processed the fear that lies deep inside us that we don’t like to acknowledge much less see.  Well here it is….it was so big it had to take about both pages…




22 Responses to “Fragile”

  1. Judy Shea December 20, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I think we all feel vulnerable in our lives, especially when we see someone that could certainly be us someday.
    It’s scary and we hope the someone like you would reach out to help us.

  2. Kay Wallace December 20, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I was so touched by your engagement with this random stranger yesterday, Corrine. Although I am almost 70, I don’t consider myself frail at this point. And, because I am very tall and, well, let’s just say over the legal weight limit, I will never be a LITTLE old lady…just an old lady. Although my mind is still alert, crisp and full functioning, I know that my body is showing its wear and tear. I hope that one day in the future, when I really need one, an angel will step forward and lend me a hand. You and those like you are God’s angels at work on earth!

  3. Carolyn Dube December 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    She sounds so fragile in your post but how strong she is because of how she touched your heart and then in turn how you touched mine. And I have a feeling many more will be touched by this post 🙂

  4. jan December 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    You hit the nail on the head with this page. The fear that lies beneath the surface of our happy lives. That the day might come where I will no longer be able to walk my dogs, feed the fire, drive myself safely to the store. So I just do my best to stay strong and healthy, and like you, I try to help others in need. Good Karma!

  5. cat kerr December 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    It’s often the little moments that touch us the most.The ones that stay with us and build inside until at last,the lesson is ready to surface.This one reminds me of my mother,in her fragile state,giving in,giving up….and then I think of myself and fear settles in all over,and how one day I too will be there,praying,that like you,someone notices.I get it,I get it.Like a brick to the head,I get it.
    Love you dear friend.

  6. Jo Murray December 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Your kindness will be rewarded Corrine. What goes around, comes around. Aging is daunting for all of us, but it is people like you who offer random kindnesses that brighten each day.

  7. Dorthe December 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Dear Corrine,
    yes, we all are fragile in different wayes, I know about feeling fragile… and with age it becomes more evident,- ,for some more than for others, that life changes and we no more are able to live like before!!
    Lucky are the oned ,meeting persons like you !!!!
    Your / our fear is big and frightening, within you / us … better to let it out now and then !!!
    xoxoxo, Dorthe

  8. Terrie -Creative Explorer December 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I love how you use your journal. It’s like your own personal therapist. And then we get to enjoy the result. Good on you for being aware of your surroundings…..I imagine many of the people who passed her would have helped if they’d noticed……we’re so busy keeping our heads down or our minds elsewhere that we don’t notice what’s right in front of us. I’m sure she’s glad you noticed her~!

  9. Kat December 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Oh this one is full of that fragility we all have inside and Fear! You have such a way with your paints and color of conveying and expressing your emotions.
    That lady must have been touched at your kindness, it’s all about caring and being gentle with yourself and others, thanks for sharing with us dear friend, take care and keep well!

  10. Becky Lane December 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I remember how disturbing it was when I first started seeing those signs of fragility in my parents, and now I see the same fear in my children’s faces, each time my hubby has to spend more time in the hospital. I am so very grateful for my continued good health!

  11. NancyLee December 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Very well said. God bless you and yours.

  12. gloria December 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    It was so good of you to help this fragile lady. I can see you doing that. You are right about other not really noticing, sometimes it makes you wonder. I would do the same as you did and in fact I am right now with my mom who is fragile but still wants to do it “on her own.” Your face does strike a cord with me. You will be rewarded for your kindness. God Bless You. Happy Holidays to you and yours Corrine. Take care.

  13. Marilyn J. Rock December 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    This is a very special post Corrine! You are such a caring and kind person; I knew that as soon as we connected. We are all vulnerable aren’t we? Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and may the New Year keep you and yours in good health! xo

  14. Gaby Bee December 21, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Dear Corrine,
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

    Hugs and Love

  15. denthe December 21, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    So kind of you to help that lady, and yes, we are all fragile in one way or another. That journalpage says it all. It’s great when you can express your fears and feelings like that!

  16. lyle baxter December 21, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Corrine , being the one currently on the fragile side I can more than many celebrate your thoughtfulness. altho I expect to be more independent soon I can truly appreciate what you did and how you feel! three cheers for you! as another said what goes around comes around

  17. Lisa Graham December 21, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Good post Corrine…we are all vulnerable and it’s so easy to forget. I think about it every time I walk…how lucky I am that I can walk because I know it could change in a second. It’s admirable of the woman you helped that she has the courage to get out at all…and especially when there is ice. Very courageous indeed. And very likely she often COUNTS on someone like you to give her a hand to get from point A to B.

    You’re a sweet hearted woman. I’ve always thought this about you.

    Merry Christmas friend! xoxo

  18. Pamela December 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Lovely post, Corrine. I hate how our society ignores older people. I am so happy you lent her a helping hand. xoxoxo

  19. Bleubeard and ELizabeth December 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    What a generous act you performed, even as others didn’t notice. That was incredibly sweet of you. I agree that we could be Superman, and still there is something he is afraid of. We are all vulnerable at times in our lives, but your generous help certainly bought you many brownie points from her and probably from heaven, too.

  20. froebelsternchen December 22, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I””” LOVE”” HIM !

    fabulous Corinne!

  21. Piarom December 22, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Thank you Corrinne for such a wonderful post ! So good to be aware of our fragitity and fear! We would love ourselves so much more, when it would be more ovious… Love your spread and it so tells the story too 🙂 Wish you a Merry Christmas ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  22. Marjie Kemper December 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    The scariness factor is a very big and a very real one, and I have eyes for the fragile too. Hugs.

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