Clinic Blog: 2011 South Africa 3 Clinic Blog
December 2, 2011
Day 3—What a Day!
One of the greatest opportunities the mission has given so far was to dispense prescription glasses and sun glasses to a man 103 years old. Before I dispensed the glasses one of the team captains approached me to make sure that we documented this man. With no other details, I wondered what was extraordinary about this man who appeared to be in his early sixties. After glancing over his date of birth I was floored by his age and the great health he had. To think about what this man has witnessed in over a century and still maintained a beautiful character, offered quite a bit in the lessons of life. This man had a wisdom and ease about him, as though he held a secret on how to value life and make the most of it. His demeanor was filled with love and gratitude, and appeared to be experiencing the world as a constant unraveling of gifts. I felt honored and grateful to meet him, and whenever I think about him I am thoroughly reminded how amazing it is to be alive.
Erik Anderson, Clinic Team Member