She Looked Deep Inside And Believed

October 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm 10 comments

There she is again, outside our building, close to the water fountain, and basking in the sun at lunchtime. Sometimes, I approach her and have lunch with her and talk to her not as a co-worker but as a friend. But this time, with her eyes closed, I want to leave her alone with her thoughts.

She’s been through a lot. An auto accident just after high school graduation had left her paralyzed from the waist down. “What now?” she must have thought from the hospital bed. “Do i still have a future?”

Fortunately, she didn’t lose her drive to keep going after the accident. She realized she could still breathe. She looked deep inside and believed. She inhaled and then exhaled.

Her condition didn’t stop her from going to college and then pursuing a career as a programmer. Otherwise, she would have missed knowing me. Ha ha ha.

She’s bright and articulate. She has this wicked sense of humor that charms more than offends. But if there’s a subject that’s off limits, it’s religion. Since the accident, she had become an atheist. She stopped believing in God.

When I look at her, I see someone who had been sucker punched in life but managed to rise up from the challenge. Lke the rest of us, she’s not perfect. Still, she could be an inspiration to someone who has lost faith in the possibilities that life can offer.

Dear J., this song reminds me of you.

Could You – Morgan Visconti

if you love yourself
you can love anyone else
if you be yourself
you can be anyone you want
so look inside and believe
so look inside and you’ll see

if you take the time
to figure out who you are
you could make up your mind
before they make it for you
so look inside and believe
so look inside and you’ll see

you keep telling yourself
that what they say
is what they want you to believe
and what they want you to become
is just another one of them

could you see yourself
and be happy with what you saw
could you picture the world
through the eyes of a little girl
so look inside and believe
so look inside and you’ll see
so look inside and believe

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10 Comments Add your own

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  • 3. barbarafranken  |  October 10, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I love this poem… If only we could all look inside and fall so deeply in love with ourself… brilliant… Barbara

    • 4. plaridel  |  October 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm


      i agree. it’s a beautiful poem turned into a song. it’s been featured in the latest Dove commercial if you have noticed.

  • 5. Amy  |  October 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful post!

    • 6. plaridel  |  October 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm


      she’s truly an inspiration to people who know her.

  • 7. Imelda  |  October 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

    She has courage.

    • 8. plaridel  |  October 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm


      I agree. she has courage and the right attitude.

  • 9. Ngobesing Romanus  |  July 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Sweet post. Thank you!

    • 10. plaridel  |  July 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Ngobesing Romanus:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂


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