Sunday, November 25, 2007

We All Get Old One Day - We Hope!

It has been approximately 10 months since I've started visiting an 84 yr. old woman who is a resident of a Care Facility. Last Christmas, I decided to give the 'gift of reading' to an individual who did not have any family to support them.

As time has passed, I've come to cherish these visits for so many reasons - initially, it was the opportunity to re-read some of my favourite books. Now, I truly enjoy being able to provide some much-needed distraction and attention to this quick-witted woman. She is also full of wonderful advice. Surprisingly, I feel as if I'm getting more out of these visits than she is.

It does my heart good to be able to do this simple thing for her. It also makes me realize how fortunate I am in still having my "freedom." Something that is diminished when one is a resident in a Care Facility.

My suggestion for anyone who is in need of a "feel good" activity. Go to a Senior's Facility and ask to see who would benefit from some regular visits. Remember, we all get old one day, with any luck, and we may be in a position where we need some attention and friendship.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wayward Sheep

I see my thoughts as a herd of sheep. Since I have been practising these wonderful techniques, the "sheep" are staying together in the flock much more frequently and going where I want them to go.

Every so often, one or more of those "sheep" like to stray. That's when I find myself, (dare I say it?) obsessing or worrying endlessly about something.

That's when the "dogs" have their work cut out for them! Their job is to herd those wandering "sheep" back to where they belong, so that my "sheep" are heading in the direction that is of my choosing.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Signalling Change

Driving around today, I was reminded of the following joke: Did you know that car manufacturers are considering making turn signals an option?

It seemed that wherever I went, people were neglecting to use their signal lights. By the time I arrived home, I was more than a little annoyed. However, I decided that "better late than never" was the best practice, so I sat down and used my emWave PSR™ for 20 minutes to help change that detrimental cascade of hormones.

Upon reflection, I realized that I wasn't as diligent as I could have been in applying the techniques throughout my travels today. Yes, I am human and yes, I do have set-backs. The important thing is to learn from them and move on.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Yee Haw!

Several years ago, my sister took our nieces to a restaurant where the servers were dressed in Western garb. After the server had set down the food, my sister prompted our nieces with, "Now, what do you say?"

Without even looking up, Madeline replied, "Giddy-up!"

Life can be like the unexpectant "giddy-ups" - we think we have everything under control only to discover that despite our best-laid plans, things change.

The trick is learning how to respond to those changes so that they are manageable and that you don't get "thrown from your horse." (Yes, I had to continue with the Western theme!)

Fortunately, there are some tools and techniques available for you to "grab the reins" and enable you to have some control over your own "horse!"

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