Circle of Life- (This is why we must continue to pursue dreams.)

7 01 2013

As we stand at the crossroads of our residents’ lives it is a time of choice, a time of question. It is a time to ensure that our residents will live lives of integrity over despair.

Each day will dawn the opporunity to do something new; see a flower in a new light, nurture a friendship towards a more fulfilling tomorrow, complete a project and sit back with satisfaction at a job well done.

Every moment is a present to be unwrapped, a discovery to be uncovered. We will search for meaning in every act and not give up when the response is minimal, for each day has a dawn, each moment an eclipse. We live and work for those moments of surprise, of AHA!, and the sparkle of recognition within vacant eyes – that moment when a confused soul comes home to who he is.

We will come to work equipped with tools of love, compassion, and the vision to see beyond the tangible for before us sits not illness, loss or confusion but rather possibility, depth of spirit and the wisdom of ages. It is merely a well which needs to be primed and encouraged to bring forth the spring of life, joy and the knowledge that deep within are fountains ready to spring forth.

It is here with joy and anticipation that we believe that life goes on…that life is not used up but rather there is the opportunity to complete the life that has come full circle. In each day we will seize the opportunity and embrace the privilege to complete the circle of life!

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A Thousand Mile Journey Begins With a Single Step…. Chinese proverb

7 01 2013

And so the dream ideas were trickling in from a hamburger at the local Nitty Gritty -just one more time, to ‘a decent home cooked kosher mealtogetting together with the quilting gals”  to…”I would like to go sailing….”    

When Ann told me she would like to go sailing, I nearly jumped up from my chair and hand pumped… “YES!”.   In my mind I was thinking, “a dream I could finally sink my teeth into!”  I wasn’t quite sure where to start but I knew we were up for the challenge.  With my list of ‘dreams/wishes’ in hand, I enlisted the help of a very capable volunteer named Judy.  I handed her the roster and she began her task of research and investigation. 

For Delle and the Quilter’s reunion, she had the blue, worn booklet of Mad Quilters’ Contact information. For Lillian there was Google and it’s  stream of ‘Kosher’ restaurants and caterers. For Ann we needed to find wheel chair/handicapped accessible sailing equipment.

We had a few dreams, some gumption, and the belief that anything was possible.

My goal was to present these dreams to residents in the form of boarding passes to fit with our theme of “Dreams Take Flight!” for Nursing Home week 2011.  We knew that we wouldn’t necessarily have the dreams taking place that week but we did want to make the presentation.

In my heart I knew this was something I wanted to pursue, but I was perplexed by why it was so difficult for our residents to clarify their dreams and desires.  None-the-less, the plane was on the run way and I was anxious for take off.





Pursuing Dreams Leads to Life Engagement

19 10 2012

Henry David Thoreau encourages us to ‘go confidently in the direction of our dreams and live the life we’ve imagined’.  To my knowledge there are no caveats to this statement.  There is no time frame. There is no age limit, nor is there any limitation to quantity or quality for that matter.  The opportunity and option to dream is limitless.   Therefore I propose that the pursuing of dreams lives on into ones 70’s 80’s, 90’s and even into the days, months and years of centurians!

For as long as one is ‘alive’ and communing on this earth, dreams are to be dreamed and pursued. My thesis:  Pursuing dreams leads to life engagement.  It is for this belief that ‘Dreams Take Flight’ was commenced at the LTC facility I work. For me,  a ‘Pollyanna’ at heart anything is possible and a personal mission to believe that dreams could come true for my residents.  So there in 2011, I set about to create a ‘dreams come true’ nursing home week.  In its perliminary months prior to May’s Older Americans Month, I began posting flyers with this question, ” What do you wish for when you wish upon a star?”  It was my hope to prime the pump so to speak.  I sent around staff and volunteers to begin asking the quesitons, “What do you wish for? ”  “What is your dream?”  The answers trickled in…”World Peace” ,  “Lots of icecream.” “To have my husband back.”  “To walk again.”  and even more disappointing to me…” Nothing.”  “I’ve lived my life, there is nothing more I need.”

I suppose for conversational purposes, these answers might do, but I was looking for something I could sink my teeth into.  I was looking for a challenge-  dreams that we could make come true.

Stay tuned…for further posts on our journey of pursuing dreams.