I was visiting an assisted facility living facility and bringing balloons to one of their residents.
Was excited to see his face as I decorated his room with the green and red balloons. The red balloons were hearts and the green balloons were stars. Together, it did remind me of Christmas. Although, it wouldn't have mattered what color the balloons were.
I had purchased the balloons at the local Dollar Tree, thinking that I'd be including one with my Client deliveries. Then when I got them in the car, I decided otherwise.
The gentleman I was visiting is in the life guidance section. This is a locked section of the facility that caters to those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer's. It is locked because these residents may at some time become a bit more volatile and unpredictable with their behavior which if they had access to leave, maybe they would.
I wheeled him in is wheelchair upstairs to the restaurant because he said, "Can I have a cup of coffee?"
The restaurant had already closed and come to find out, downstairs, where he was living, had a carafe already made. So we went down the elevator back into the locked facility and we sat in the restaurant/cafeteria area together. I poured him a cup and gave him a few of the packaged cookies that they offer their residents. I had already gotten him an oatmeal cookie from the lobby upstairs so he was eating that. I honestly don't know (can't remember) if he even sipped any of his cup of coffee while we were there.
We hung out chatting about life for about a half an hour to an hour. The wisdom that you get from someone in their later years is always priceless. More than that, the time with Him was extremely gratifying. I think we all hope that at some point in our lives that we will have another to care and be there for us.
As I left, I gave him a firm hug and told him that He is Special. He smiled and looked at me knowing that He REALLY DID MATTER. I had fulfilled my mission for the evening. Yeah! (tear)
It's so important for all of us to be compassionate towards others.
This week, it seems like being "kind" is something that is swirling around in my mind. Maybe it's the season, maybe it's some of my transactions that I'm working on and the people that I'm working with. I believe that this is the beginning of a new chapter of "enlightenment".
God Bless Us All.
HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY AND HAPPY DECEMBER!
Thank You for listening.
Featured image: The death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David