Meet Rock. That's not actually his name, but it is what I call him because that is what he has been for the last two months. This is Ernie. I work with Ernie. Ernie has been on leave since December with a knee replacement. Ernie has not missed a day texting me morning and night, reminding me that I am in control of my situation and I can do hard things. He tells me everyday that what I am feeling is okay. He tells me everyday that it's okay to be sad or mad or hurt or furious, but that it can only last a few minutes, then I have to remind myself that I am in charge of how I feel and I can do hard things.
Last night, he reminded me that I'm checking things off my list by finding a house. I thanked him, like I do everyday. He said, "You don't have to thank me. You've done it everyday. You are stronger than you think you are, you just needed to see that for yourself."
I adore my Ernie! He has been my Rock and I am so thankful that he is back at work now!