Sometimes you just gotta do something for someone else. Today was one of those days when I realized that I need to be doing more of it. I get kind of lackadaisical about life sometimes and forget that a simple gesture can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Our church is in the process of doing one of those pictorial directory things. Now trust me…..I am NOT in charge nor do I want to be. Been there, done that and lived through it but it was not the easiest or the most pleasant experience. I discovered a great deal about myself when I was “in charge” of one and one is that I like to be in control and sometimes that can be misinterpreted as I don’t trust someone else to do their job……long time ago but I hope that I have grown up a bit since then.
But back to my story. ….I offered to go with another woman to take pictures of some of our homebound members and those that are in various care facilities in the area that just physically can not make it to get a picture taken. At least they can be in the directory if we get some kind of picture submitted. In this day of digital cameras it is so easy and I certainly felt that this was something that I could do. So we set out this morning to find these people and maybe take a quick photo of them. Everywhere we went we were greeted by the staff so nicely and were offered help along the way—it was great. Finding the residents was another story! I think a lot of them lead a very busy life!!! Many were not in their rooms and since we had no idea who we were looking for we tried a couple of times before we left the facilities to find them.
The ones we did find were thrilled to have company and pose for a picture and it just reinforced in my mind how important it is to visit folks. Several of the ladies we met were 90 years young and did not look or act that at all!!! Wonderful and heart warming to be able to visit a bit with them and share a few stories. And it is really a small thing to take a few minutes to reach out to someone. I mean– really—-I need to do more than I am doing. So my heartwarming day has made me aware of even more needs that are out there and maybe, just maybe, I will be motivated to visit some of these folks a little more often!
Another event today….said goodbye to my Honda Accord…..bittersweet but it is going to a good home. Lots of trips to Concord, NC in that car….lots of memories but now the new owners can make their own memories!!!