When I am helping others.
My friends and my husband are always supportive of me, and I treasure them deeply. I struggled with something this week and one of my friends gave me the tools to breathe through it. It helped and I feel a bit stronger now.
My fears of the future. I don’t like to think of the aging process rendering me less capable than I have been all my life.
I am helping a new Afghan refugee settle in the US. It is challenging because of Covid, and also because of the numerous roadblocks new immigrants face in trying to get the documentation they need to work, find a place to live, and a myriad of other challenges. At times I feel somewhat discouraged with the process, but she is strong and it is so worth my time to figure all these things out for her. She is facing so many more challenges than I am, and yet she is happy and highly motivated to f...
I am helping a new Afghan refugee settle in the US. It is challenging because of Covid, and also because of the numerous roadblocks new immigrants face in trying to get the documentation they need to work, find a place to live, and a myriad of other challenges. At times I feel somewhat discouraged with the process, but she is strong and it is so worth my time to figure all these things out for her. She is facing so many more challenges than I am, and yet she is happy and highly motivated to find her place in the US. It is very inspiring.
I can slow down and breathe. I stopped reading all the news all the time, too. I was always afraid, while reading it and afterwards. There is a lot of good news in the world today if we can focus on it, and most of it doesn’t appear in the daily newspapers.
I can thank my father who taught me morals and values, doing so by example. He has since passed on but very few days go by when I don’t think of him with gratitude.
The weather has been so awful these past couple of weeks I have not been able to get out and walk. I will check out the mall today as a possible alternative. If I go early it won’t be crowded.
My body will be so happy!
As a young senior myself (!) I understand this all too well. Staying healthy in mind and body is my number 1 goal now.
I think my husband and I live fairly simply. We are both retired, have a smaller place than before, don’t need to buy business clothing any more, so our clothing needs are simple. We do buy high quality food but we eat less than we did when we were working. All in all, it is a nice way to live.
An opportunity to be of service.
I have been waiting to be matched with a refugee from Afghanistan, and it happened yesterday. She is 25, and a truly amazing young woman. I will be her mentor as she navigates her way (alone, without her family) in the US. I am grateful and happy to help her adjust to life in the US. She is a lovely, motivated and strong young woman with many goals in mind. It will be a pleasure to be her guide as she adapts to her new country.
Because I have been married for a long time, I have few chances for true solitude. I am not complaining! But I know being alone has been difficult for me in the past as I didn’t know what to do with myself. I hope after this many years of growth and self knowledge that when I do have to face solitude, I will embrace it rather than fight it, and I hope I can find the inner peace that comes with that.
My family and friends are truly essential. I am grateful every day for them.
Holly, I read a great quote the other day that helped me. It said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” Thoughts can take on a life of their own, as my own have done so many times.
Thank you, Holly. It is truly my pleasure.
Thank you. It is a joy to help someone in need. I look forward to all she will accomplish in her new country!
Maybe we can face it together when the time comes! (via this site).
I understand and agree with this 100%, Elaine!
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