To be Cherished.

Today I was thinking about how much of my day is spent alongside widows. So much of their life was buried with their loved ones who passed before them. I am amazed by their resilience. That quiet fire inside them. Their ability to get up every morning when so much is already lost.

Some might see wrinkles, but I see:

A Southern Belle getting ready to serve the best Gumbo known to mankind, to anyone with an appetite.

A pianist faithfully showing up every Sunday, decade after decade to lift a song of praise.

A little girl working on the farm, dreaming of someday becoming a nurse.

A dancer whispering a silent prayer right before the curtain rolls open.

A mother.

A sister.

A daughter.

A friend.

Each one with their own story, their own secrets to tell, their own failures to hide, their own element of mystery.

Take time to listen to the stories around you, and hold them close as long as you can. Can you guess who is four years shy of 100?

If you live to be a hundred, I hope that I live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” ~Winnie the Pooh

“A woman’s whole life is a history of the affections.” ~Washington Irving

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 5:31 am  Comments (3)  

Kindness that breathes…

In the world of ‘Senior Activities’, it is amazing the things one can learn! For example: Did you know that next week is National ‘Jello Week’? That’s right, bring forth the jigglers—we will be feasting on fruited jello molds and aspic.

Isn’t it funny how when something has a designated time or place we have so much more motivation to do it? On National Day of Prayer, we all gather to pray, but what about the rest of the week? During Independence Day, we celebrate our freedom, but do we truly live in freedom? It is easy to be thankful on Thanksgiving, but do our lives reflect gratitude?

I say all of this because I caught myself red-handed! Most of you probably don’t know this, but February 15th-21st is ‘Random Acts of Kindness Week’. I read about it, as I was planning activities this month for my oldies. The strange thing is, I remember telling myself, “Don’t forget to be randomly kind after Valentines Day!” I even thought about planning out ways to be ‘randomly’ kind. The audacity of myself! Now, you might be thinking how pathetic I am, but I wanted my utter honesty to be a reminder of hope. We don’t have to be randomly kind one week out of the year. We can live a lifestyle of kindness. We can say I love you more often. We can buy someone’s groceries instead of watching them fish for change in their wallet. We can give up the parking space that is closest to the store. We can donate our clothes to someone who might desperately need them. We can scan our pantry for excess food that we really don’t need. We can hurry less. We can pray more. We can live a life of true kindness.

I dont’ want to wait for the holiday to be more of something I can be right now.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

~Mother Teresa

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

~Mark Twain

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm  Comments (5)