The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity. Jackie Robinson
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Several years ago I was hospitalized for pneumonia. Well in the hospital I developed the flu. I was bedridden and trips to the washroom was out of the question. To be polite there were times when I could not wait for a nurse or assistant, thus I ended up dirtying myself. The first couple of times I was totally embarrassed. One of the nurses brought calm to me by telling me to relax I wasn’t the only one that had this type of situation.
Yesterday I had to make a trip to another city to have cortisone shots once again in my lower back. I had never met this doctor so I had to go through my entire life of medications, previous problems with bones and joints. I know that he was just doing what is required by him. For some strange reason I found myself growing indignant with the whole situation. He gave me the shots and I send thank you and good bye.
I can empathize with those who are in situations that are not made by the person. Those looking for employment, those who must rely on a Government safety net. Frustration grows when the words “why” and “how come” keep being asked to you. Repeating the history of your life with every new potential employer, physician, social worker.
Trying to keep your dignity intact by not losing your temper at the person sitting across the desk for you. Not reaching out and striking them, or just plainly getting up from the chair you in and leaving.
So, I all I want when I have to sit across from you is, “Please let me keep my dignity”!
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