After spending the Easter weekend reading Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie, I reflected on how much of the story between an old man and a young man reflected on my relationship with my Dad Reg. Alzheimer’s or no Alzheimer’s our conversations were always about the knowledge and wisdom of life and why people do what they do. Being interested in others, especially our Alzheimer’s generation is a gift as we care for them and continue to work, if we can, because it feeds our soul and brings something to the table to debate . I was constantly reminded of things my dad used to say to me, and it constantly bought a tear to my eye.
Towards the end of the book I was reminded of the question that really made me think:
Have you ever really had a teacher? I was so absorbed by what the old man reflected on the society we live in today, how people use language pattens to brain wash us. I am always encouraging my clients to think for themselves, now I understand what they are hearing and how important it is to do what feels right for you. Being of service to others and doing great work leaves a mark on the students for a lifetime. Engaging , interacting, feeding the individuals soul has an unbelievable power that’s immeasurable. Making them feel noticed, important, loved is that not what life is all about!
Truly a great read, but now, I am more inspired than ever and to be reminded more than ever that’s it is ok to have such investment. Clearly my Dad saw that raw but precious thing, the jewel that he polished over the living years that is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and the courage to shine on her own, if that is what is required of her.