I had a conversation with Alec Elchahal, DMD, MS, PC, of Smiles by Elchahal in Johns Creek, GA earlier this year.
He is our orthodontist in northeast Atlanta. I haven’t known him long, but I have to tell you that I love his heart.
As we were wrapping up our conversation, he told me a story that his grandmother had shared with him when he was younger.
This is a story worth being retold again [and] again…
He said, “My grandmother used to say that health is a CROWN that only the sick can see; it is invisible to the very one’s who possess it.”
I responded by sharing with him that our family was out to dinner one night as my heart was failing and I distinctly remembered looking at John with eyes-brimming with tears that as I looked around the restaurant ALL I could see was healthy people taking their health, their ‘CROWNS’ for granted.
I asked him to take me home as it was in that moment that I was REALLY beginning to understand that not my days, but my moment[s] were numbered, growing short.
I do not like to not feel well, yet the reality is there are days that I really don’t feel well. Despite those days, myHeart give thanks that I am once again wearing a CROWN of health.
May I NEVER take this CROWN for granted [and] may I be ever mindful that I am also not entitled to it.
No, this CROWN is a GIFT-grace.
Giving thanks THIS day, everyday for the CROWN of health upon my head [and] Dr. Elchahal’s willingness to share his heart-huge.Tweet