THE BEST FEDEX DELIVERY, EVER

It was not a good day, in a string of not very good days. I had been battling a series of bizarre legal cases that had made headlines and were weighing me down.  I wish I could say, otherwise, but I’m not entirely immune to worrying about what others think of me, even when I know the truth, so I found myself wondering if I would be held in contempt by most everyone in my home town, until I could make all the facts known.  And that could take years.

I was literally burdened by these very thoughts when the doorbell to my office rang.  I looked out the windows atop my front door and saw a Fedex hat.  I had a delivery.

Now, I can tell you that the specter of overnight mail, in the midst of legal cases, pleases no one, and I am no exception.  I imagine I looked something between burdened and burnt out when I opened the door.  “Hi,” I managed.

The fellow at my door had been to my office plenty of times with plenty of packages, and we’d had just a bit of time to chat about news headlines.  He had known that I had been a Fox News Contributor for a decade, and I had learned he had a keen interest in media. “Hi,” he said.

I searched his hands to see whether it was a Fedex letter he was delivering, which I would have assumed to be nothing good.  A package, on the other hand, might be nutrition bars, to which I am, for all intents and purposes, addicted.  But he didn’t seem to be holding anything at all. I looked at him.  “Need a hand with something from the truck?” I asked.

“No,” he said.  “I don’t have a delivery for you.  I just wanted to check in to make sure you’re doing alright.”

Those words reached something deep inside me, at the level of the soul.  Because I was on the ropes and wondering whether most folks had written me off, and this man had come to my door to check on me.  We weren’t family.  We weren’t even what the world would consider friends.  But we had obviously established an extraordinary connection, though we had exchanged relatively few words, on relatively few occasions.  And if that is not evidence of the fundamental decency of human beings, connected by the Universe, or by God, or by whatever you might like to call the immeasurable force that binds us, inexorably, one to another, then I don’t know what is.

I got choked up, but I think I did a good job of hiding it.  “I’m fighting the good fight,” I said.  I didn’t want to meet his kindness with just bravado, so I added, “Hey, it’s not an easy time, you know?”

“Oh, I know,” he said, looking straight at me.  “That’s why I figured I would stop by and let you know that these things pass.  You have a lot of people in this town who appreciate what you’ve done for them.”

“Thank you,” I said.  I thought of extending my hand to shake his, but that seemed as though it would be awkward.  I even thought of inviting him in for coffee, but that seemed even more awkward.

He must have intuited my discomfort.  “I’ve got to get the deliveries out,” he said. “You hang in there.  I’ll see you soon.  You’re always getting something or other.”

“Okay,” I said.  “Thanks, Man.”

He nodded, turned and walked back toward his truck.

I closed the door.  The challenges I was facing were no less substantial than they had been minutes ago.  But my view of the world in which I would meet those challenges was brighter than it had been. And my sense that I had the Almighty by my side for the journey was stronger, too.

Keith Ablow, MD

 

Posted: September 17, 2019 in: Faith

22 Responses

  1. Alice McCarthy says:

    inspiring— evidence of some peoples goodness-

  2. Patty Murphy says:

    A miracle is really God’s way of remaining anonymous! Thanks for the humility it took to
    Post this. Best blessings doc.

  3. Cean says:

    Dear Dr. Ablow, You tried to help my children and I seven years ago when we were in great need. I will never forget that. You are in my prayers for peace and resolution to any struggles you are facing. Respectfully, Cean

  4. mindy says:

    You are amazing, and I know that there are many more of us out here who support you and know you are a good man and great psychiatrist. I’m not in NY, I’m in AZ, and my husband and I miss your Fox segments, and can’t wait until you come back on.
    Take care, MIndy

  5. Anne Hardy says:

    In my past when I went through some deeply troubling days I was glad to be able to put my trust in the One who created me! I memorized Psalm 18:1-2 and repeated it over and over as a prayer to my God. God hears and answers the prayers of His children.

  6. Gail Ford Welick says:

    WOW!
    Doc, these situations come few and far between; What a blessing they are to our minute, day, week, etc.? I could tell you my story, but, that’s not what I want to do now. I want to encourage you. Let you know I think about you often. Why? I suppose it’s because of what I have heard you say on television, quotes, and your newsletters. I have my ‘toolbox,’ which is opened often. You have been an immense help to me. I do have anomalies from childhood. I get help on a local level.
    I will leave you with this, Dr. Keith, there is a person in the Piny Woods of East Texas, who admires you for your ability to reach folks who struggle daily.
    Respectfully yours,

  7. Jane Driskell says:

    I am behind Dr. Ablow 100%. I have been a follower of his for years and have always found him to be a kind and decent man. I’ve been sorry to hear about his legal battles, but echo the cry of the Fedex deliveryman, “hang in there Dr. Ablow,” there is a sea of support behind you! Continue to believe and fight for your reputation because we do…

  8. Emily says:

    You might not know it yet, but all that happened to you is now in the past…you should consider yourself saved!

  9. Kasha Elise Hoy says:

    So fitting for this day of change of season, where the trees lean into the sun’s shadows and release their leaves, and in all of their color filled beauty, we wish them back onto their branches, for just a bit longer. So we are asked to surrender and if we do, we are met with respect, such as what your Fed Ex guy represents for you. I don’t know what you are dealing with Dr. Keith Ablow, just don’t allow it to deal with you. You are a good man for many and apparently an excuse for some. Stay strong, you have that*

  10. Pam Smith says:

    Your letter lifts my heart. I am working out of town, only 10 miles from my estranged daughter of 12 years. The sorrow is immense and the proximity to her intensifies it. There is nothing to my knowledge that I can do – or haven’t done – to try to repair whatever it is that keeps her from me. I saw your email tonight and read it for encouragement. It more than touched me. Thank you.

  11. Ann Marie Salmon says:

    Yes, the Universe moves in mysterious ways, Keith.
    Thank you for sharing this. Keep on keeping on…..

  12. Keith says:

    Thank you, Ann Marie. So very nice of you. And really nice to hear from you. Keith

  13. Keith says:

    Hello, Pam:

    I was very touched by your comment. If I can be of help, in any way, please reach out.

    All good,

    Keith

  14. Keith says:

    Kasha,

    Your comment is an inspiration to me. Thank you.

    All good,

    Keith

  15. Keith says:

    Thank you, Emily. I appreciate your comment very much.

    All good,

    Keith

  16. Keith says:

    Hello, Gail:

    What a touching comment to leave me. It lifted my spirits and it makes me that much more resolute to help others with their challenges. If you do want to share your story, I would be happy to listen to it and offer the help I can.

    All good,

    Keith

  17. Keith says:

    Jane:

    I was so happy to read your comment. Thank you.

    All good,

    Keith

  18. Keith says:

    Hi, Gail:

    The interesting thing is that the comments shared here on the site are also miraculous. They will truly inspire and strengthen me, and I pledge to share the inspiration and strength with my clients.

    Thank you.

    All good,

    Keith

  19. Keith says:

    Thank you, Alice!

    All good,

    Keith

  20. Keith says:

    Hi, Patty:

    I have rarely been accused of humility. Maybe God or the Universe is working wonders with me 🙂

    Thank you,

    Keith

  21. Keith says:

    Cean:

    Thank you for remembering me so kindly.

    I hope you and yours are well.

    All good,

    Keith

  22. Keith says:

    Hello, Mindy:

    Thank you for the shout out from Arizona. It is beyond kind of you to be so supportive.

    All good,

    Keith