If you have been following my random ramblings, you know that lately I have been really thinking about serving and lending a helping hand. Sometimes in life, I get so caught up and busy doing “my own thing” that I am blinded by what is right in front of me.
Have you ever been so busy that you don’t notice what is happening around you? So deep in thought that you lose track of time? Here’s one of my favorites: have you ever driven somewhere, and by the time you arrive at your destination, you don’t recall driving there at all? Don’t worry-I’m guilty, too. My point is that sometimes we can be so concerned with our personal lives that we forget to look outward.
As most of you know, I work as an activity coordinator for people who have dementia and alzheimers. Today something incredible happened. I was busy helping one of the residents get ready for dinner and wasn’t really paying attention to what was going on in the rest of the room. As my eyes glanced up, much to my surprise, Esther (one of my residents) had fallen out of her wheelchair. My heart started pounding as my mind immediately jumped to the worst. But as I looked closer, I saw that she hadn’t fallen to the floor. Lola, a 94 year old woman, was behind Esther and was completely holding her up. Lola’s tired body was supporting Esther.
I rushed over and helped Esther get back into her wheelchair, but couldn’t stop thinking about Lola’s strength and compassion. I asked Lola, “How did you hold her up like that?” She simply answered, “You do what you gotta do.”
This amazing act had me thinking: if a 94 year old woman who suffers from severe dementia looks closely enough to the needs of others, I certainly have no excuse.
Lola-I know you definitely won’t be reading my blog…but God bless you and your heart to help others.