The Change Effect

January 4, 2012

I find myself sitting here trying to decide the title of this post and felt it necessary to just start writing to see where it goes.  I have often thought of writing about where life has taken me and never taken the time to do so.  As we begin a new year I have decided it is time to take note of the accomplishments, hurdles and curve balls that life brings our way.  I am going to start with the adventure my husband and I embarked on almost a year ago and how it has changed my outlook on society.

Last January we left our life in Corporate America to pursue a new career that would be our mission field in life.  Little did we know that that would be an understatement!  As we grow older we all start looking at what we think our accomplishments in life have been and use that as a measure of our success in life.  In most cases this is titles we hold, the monetary rewards that we receive for working, and the recognition we receive on a job well done. However we have discovered in this last year that none of these things truly measure the success in our lives, but it is the little things that we do out of compassion, caring, and love that are the true measures.   It is the simple thank you you receive from someone and you don’t know what you have done to be thanked for.  It’s holding the hand of  a dear lady who does not want medical attention when she is in sever pain from a heart attach and knowing that you made the difference in her choosing life or choosing death.  It’s hearing that same lady tell you afterwards that she is ready to come home where she is loved and hearing the joy in her voice.  It’s seeing  a man who when you first met them could not stand on his own and now walks with no aides and exercises, and is thriving because he knows someone cares.  It seeing the smile on a face of a person for the first time, that  when you met them months earlier never smiled, or said a nice thing to anyone because they felt abandoned by their family. It’s seeing the changes in a community that was once silent, cold and unwelcoming  to one that is vibrant and full of life again.   I knew that serving others would bring about change in our lives, however I am overwhelmed at times on how blessed we feel to be serving those who have served others for so many years. We have had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and faith and are blessed daily by each of them.  It is not always easy but when you hear the simple thank you’s  or get a good morning your day is instantly transformed.  I am sure there are those who are wondering what we do.  We manage a senior independent living community, we live and work within this community and find that we now have a very large extended family that bring joy to our life daily.

The mission field we embarked on a year ago has changed us for the good, it has been challenging and rewarding in ways that you cannot express in words.

With all of this said, I stated early on that this has changed our view on society.  We have to be careful how we treat our elders in life, it is easy for them to feel put away, abandoned and unloved by their own families, when in most cases their families only want what they think is best for them, and will keep them safe and healthy.  We have to remember that we need to make our parents, and grandparents feel they are wanted and loved no matter where they live.  We have to listen to their needs.  As my husband says if we satisfy their needs their wants go away.  So take this for what it is worth, remember to tell your family you love them, make them feel apart of any decisions in life even if they are no longer capable of making those decision.  You will be blessed with the outcome.



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