Lesson learned: I spoke with Aunt Yvonne this morning, the resident, for several years, of a skilled nursing community in sunny Florida. We had a nice chat about how things were going for my husband and me. She inquired as to how the business was doing and what the other members of the family were up to. We talked about the weather, which had made her raspy sounding, but it did not deter her from telling me how she spends her days. “You know”, she said firmly, “I won’t let myself get depressed. This is our life and you just have to make the most of it.”
This plain-talking 85 year old lady, who has been confined to a wheelchair for more than 2 years, made me sit up and take notice. She was not about to talk “doom and gloom” with her fellow residents and believe me, she would have good reason to grumble a little or let off some steam. Nothing doing! Had she not been a stay at home mom, she would have made a dynamic motivational speaker, encouraging audiences to create their own opportunities and make a difference. “Count your blessings”, she counsels those around her.
No doubt, she’s quite an inspiration to her fellow residents and those who care for them. I know she is to me. Her steadfast example will kindle a spark of renewed determination when an outcome is less than desired. “Make the most of it”, I will hear her whisper in my ear!