“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
~ Victor Hugo.
I visited the seniors at the nearby Alzheimer’s Care Center. Although the Center is located a little out of the way. but upon arriving one will definitely be impressed with the vast, lush green environment there. Here, it is pollution free, quiet, lift the moods and an excellent location for these ageing seniors.
The center is reasonably new, staffed with professionals and supported by well-trained maids. I was pleasantly surprised to find two elderly aunties smiling and waving happily at me, as if they recognize me when I entered the building.
I wanted to celebrate a meaningful St. Valentine’s Day this year. So I decided to go and spend some quality time chatting with the seniors, accompanying them for lunch and joining in their light activities with the time I had.
You see, our mind is everything. It is the seat of our reason and our humanity. So when we think we see the beginning of an inevitable decline from sharp, agile thinking to confusion, loss of independence, loss of memory and the loss of identity, the response is terribly frightening and horrifying to anyone for that matter.
I met the organizers of this center some months back. At that time, they needed some volunteers. However, due to certain constraints then, much as I would like to, I was not able to commit participating in making these seniors comfortable and feel loved.
Our future is a fabric of choices, and it is our mind that will make these choices. The beautiful truth is our mind has the power to reshape our world but only if it retains the capacity to choose. If we do not do every thing in our power to keep our mind active, agile and sharp, we may risk losing the ability to determine our own future one day.
The center welcomes anyone who can spend some time with these senior uncles and aunties. They are looking forward to us showing care, love and possibly having meals with them so that they are not bored or depressed so easily.
In hindsight, throughout the day, this has been my happiest, most meaningful and best ever St. Valentine’s Day. When it was time for me to leave, deep inside me, I was so happy to find these seniors smiling and displaying gestures of goodwill.
Besides, I received many, “Happy Valentine’s Day” messages from so many of you throughout the day. You know, these messages too made me feel grateful and thankful that I am cared and loved as well. So once again a big “Thank You” everyone for making this Valentine’s Day so special and my best ever.
Peace ……………….Love ……………… Understanding ……………… and God Bless.