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Thursday, April 11, 2013
I am in, as you may recall, training to be a hospice volunteer. My part, as you will also recall, is to follow my dog around as she jumps into laps and tries to spread some of her abundant love and affection.
I have been warned that, unlike our work at the senior center where everybody signs a release for publication, hospice is, as you might imagine, PRIVATE. And here is me, as you know, telling everything, everyday! But I think I can tell stories without touching anybody's or any places' privacy.
One thing I had not realized was that people volunteer to do ANYTHING for hospice patients. I thought it was going to be all dog people like me. NO! Instead, people might volunteer to read to people, go to the store, do errands, prepare food, work in the house, massage therapy, etc. I was blown away: the OTHER VOLUNTEERS ARE REALLY GIVING SOMETHING AMAZING and I am just FOLLOWING MY DOG! Everybody else seems truly generous, and I feel like I have an easy gig.
The training goes into all the things I have never thought about and humans avoid looking at. How do we end our lives with any happiness and dignity, if, as most of us statistically speaking will, we have terminal sickness and some time before the end.
I feel like I have been sent to a great and selective university where suddenly I am learning so much! Last night we saw TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, about a young writer visiting his professor through his final illness. My GOODNESS Morrie was living every last second! The point being, of course, we need to live every second BEFORE we face the end. We all take life for granted, don't we? Good health, being able to do what we like? Or simply being able to fend for ourselves.
I feel like I touch God every time I make something beautiful, it is a gift being able to follow my imagination and make those things come alive. I am lucky also to be nearing 50 in extraordinaryily good health and circumstances. Do I truly really understand that? That is the question for me.
How about you, are you able to deeply enjoy and experience your time here on planet Earth....? It is hard...
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