Celebrate The Elderly

This month I celebrate my eighth month of working with the elderly in assisted living. My work has not been without challenge but it has been most rewarding. Each day that I work with the elderly I get a new perspective on things. Today, one of the ladies asked me if it was going to snow tonight. Later she asked if it was going to rain. As you may have anticipated she deals with dementia. She is such a charm to be around, light spirited and the like. One catches on to this fact when she begins to discuss Christmas and believes its Winter time.

Then there’s Mabel, who worries about being a bother or causing anybody any trouble. She is 95 years and of sound mind. A charm to all, Mabel grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. She appreciates pretty much any meal she eats. She often tells me that there was food on the table when she was a child but they never had much. She told me they ate what they had because her dad could not afford much and they made use of what they had.
The elderly are truly amazing! Celebrate them with me!

Life and Choices

Life is like an escalator
You can chose to go up or go down
You can live your life in circles
Not knowing which way to turn
Or join the rest of us
We’ve all had lessons to learn.

Life doesn’t come easy
Friends come and go.
You get behind or you
come out ahead
Depending on what ideas
you have on your head.

Life is a challenge
to most of us.

Not a matter of luck.

In The Real World

Dive in or jump out
This isn’t the time to think about
All the loves you’ve left behind.

It’s time to grow and look at the world now
That’s something I’ve always done
But you’ll never figure out

Lies go in circles until you
Don’t remember the last one you’ve told.
It is only the truth that sets you free
That let’s you into one’s heart and soul.

It ‘s time for me to move on now
I wish you the best
I hope you don ‘t mind my blunt honesty
You can put it to the test.

Broken Dream

I really wanted
To walk down the isle
To meet you
In a long flowing white dress.
Or did I?

I dreamed that some day
I would be your perfect wife
The one you would love forever
Without ever wanting another woman
In your life.
Was that ever possible?

We exchanged vows to help keep
Custody of your children,
so she would see a wedding ring
The next time we were in court
I hoped
you would grow to love me too.

Now I cry tears of sadness,
tears of pain
It was really a dream I wanted to come true
Was it really just a pipe dream for you?

It was a broken dream for me.

Possibilities in One Day, Kindness and Happiness

   Today is a new day – a new beginning.  You have been given this day to use as you please.  You can waste it or you can use it for something worthwhile.  Either way, what you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.

   When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever.  In its place will be something that you have left behind.  Please, let it be something worthwhile.  Let it be something that spreads love and happiness.

   The possibilities you can achieve in one day are endless. They can be simple, as long as you feel like you accomplished something.  Sometimes the simplest things can be the biggest in our hearts and minds as well as to others.  And, it is not how much you do, but the quality of it.  Did what you accomplished make you feel good inside?  Is it memorable to you or to another person. Something as simple as opening someone’s door for them (into a building) will make their day.  Sometimes a smile or a few kind words is all it takes to brighten someone’s day.

Just a few thoughts on kindness and happiness.

Have a happy day!

krisvaas

 

 

Thinking Positive Vs. Negative

   Have you ever met or been around the person who just can’t say a positive word about anything. These people seem like they want to be negative as though it is a hobby to them.  They just don’t want to be positive and live life to be negative and therefore, irritate or drive some of us nuts who prefer to be positive most of the time. I work with many people who complain all the time and refuse to be positive.  Something in me wonders how do these people survive life……but the answer comes to me…they survive and thrive by being negative.  On a more positive note, let’s focus on the positive for a few moments.

   A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty, whereas the negative person is not happy but makes no effort to make their life better. 

   Positive thinking is not accepted by everyone. Some, consider it as nonsense, and scoff at people who follow it, but there is a growing number of people, who accept positive thinking as a fact, and believe in its effectiveness.

   It seems that this subject is gaining popularity, as evidenced by the many books, lectures and courses about it.

   To use it in your life, you need more than just to be aware of its existence. You need to adopt the attitude of positive thinking in everything you do.

   With a positive attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.

  Both positive and negative energy are contagious!

Have a positive day!

krisvaas

Prayer of Gratitude

Dear God,
Thank you for the strength to go on,
When I wanted to give up and quit. Thank you for the strength to go on when I felt so alone.
Thank you for guiding me when I was lost,
I now am found.

Thank you, Lord, for your blessings of kindness and love.
Thank you for giving me the life I’ve lead.
Yes, there are losses, but there are many more games.

Thank you Lord for blessing me with family, friends and coworkers.
Each one has given me support in their own way.
Thank you Lord for blessing me.

My Loving Sister

My favorite sister,
You been there when the sky is cloudy and gray.
You don’t judge me you love me.

My dear sister,
You listen even when you don’t agree
For you know that I am hurting and you simply offer kind words.

My kindhearted sister,
We’ve had our ups and downs
You’ve listened to me,
Even when I spoke nonsense
About how he walked out on me.

My understanding sister,
You will owe me to feel what I felt

You never put me down for what seemed to be crazy feelings.

My loving sister,
You’ve always been there.

Dear Grandpa

Dear Grandpa,

You’ve been gone from the earth for 30 years now.
But you haven’t left my heart for a second.
You know longer live next-door, but you live in heaven.

I’ve never been the same since you departed this earth.
I was your girl who sat beside you and hold your hand when you didn’t feel well.

Grandpa are you always made me feel special.
I was your girl and I will never forget that.
I’ve never held her hand like I did yours,

For other than you I couldn’t let everyone see my emotion.
Grandpa, you are in my heart and will never be forgotten.

Krisvaas

The Prayer of the Dog

Lord,

I keep watch!

If I am not here

o will guard their house? Watch over their sheet? Is faithful? No one understands but you and I understand what faithfulness is.

They call me, “Good dog, Nice dog.”
Words..
I take their pats and the old bones that they throw me.
And I seem pleased.
They really believe they make me happy.
I take kicks to when they come my way.
None of that matters.
I keep watch!
Lord, do not let me die until, for them, all danger is driven away.

This prayer was taken from the book called Prayers From the Arc The Creatures Choir by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold