This entry is from a guest blogger, Rebecca Rose Taylor. Rebecca told me, “Overall, I want to inspire people to think in a more positive way. I want seniors to know that as long as they do their best, they are making a difference too. I have seen so many seniors feel that they are an inconvenience because they are struggling but seeing them do their best makes me a better person.”
By: Rebecca Rose Taylor
Copyright © 2008
Nestled away in a drawer is my graduation hat. Occasionally, I take it out and look at it. Some probably call it clutter. I call it a memento. Looking at it makes me smile because I remember the hard work that made high school graduation possible and the grand moment when I walked across the stage and received my diploma. Next, I went to college and emerged two years later with my diploma in office administration.
Now, I am secretary-receptionist at a senior’s home where I have the opportunity to meet and help amazing seniors every day. I am proud of my accomplishments but more importantly, I am proud of the undertakings, which I see them make. Change is hard to accept, but when the transformations that occur alter the way your life has been lived, you have to have an astonishing sense of strength to overcome those challenges. Age has caused some of these seniors to lose mobility, eyesight, hearing and sometimes their minds are not as sharp as they desire. The ability to write their names as they once did often changes, they see the change in what was on the papers in front of them but I see perfection, because no matter what life brings them, these seniors push their boundaries, overcoming their obstacles making me proud of them. I believe that as long as any of us does our best we have achieved. Some people fear aging, I don’t. I know at twenty-one, I am starting my life but if I adopt the practices of these seniors and live a happy, determined lifestyle anything is possible. Life must be taken in strides.
You never know what will touch your life. Some of the smallest things can touch lives in the biggest ways. My favourite phrases are “thank you” and “have a great evening.” They may seem insignificant, but they’re not. They mean that someone cares, that you are important. We are all tiny ripples in the ocean of the world, each responsible for changing it. By touching a life, you make a difference. I pray that some day the world will be filled with smiling people, hands reaching out to help each other, and violence will be outdated. I believe positive thinking can help achieve anything; a smile is one’s greatest asset and wanting something enough will make it happen.
The most important thing in life is being happy. If you are unhappy stop, step back, and reflect. You need to weave dreams; they achieve goals. Dreams are motivation. Give back to the world, and it will give back to you. Our lives can be touched in the smallest of ways; a kind word, the touch of a hand and a smile can give people the utmost happiness they experience .Never quit. All lives need to be put in perspective. Sometimes it takes a news story but it could be a memento like my graduation cap, which reminds me of how fortunate I am to be surrounded by people that care both at home, at work, and in the community.
Rebecca’s previous publications include:
· A Cat Having Kittens, poem, published in 1999 by Taproot: Poetry, Prose and Images of the Townships and in 2008 by Michael Lee Johnson’s website “A Tender Touch and a Shade of Blue.”
· A Day in the Life of Teddy Bear, short story, published in January 2008 online edition of Perspectives Magazine.
· Excel – Farm Management at Your Fingertips, article, published in January 2008 issue of Grainews.
· Never Too Late, poem, published in September 2008 on Long Story Short website.
· Ninety Years of Memories, short story, published in February 2008 in Bread n’ Molasses Magazine.
· Organizing the Barn: How to Find Everything Right When You Need It, article, published in July 2008 issue of Grainews.
Recollections of Jesus’ Manger,short story published in Perspectives Magazine Contest Corner January 2009
· Scarlet Red, short story, published in July 2008 online edition of Perspectives Magazine.
· Soldier’s Uniform: A Father’s Love, short story, 2nd place winner in Perspectives Magazine’s Father’s Day Contest.
· Tales of A Wheelchair, short story, published in January 2009 by Perspectives Magazine.
· The Heart of Things, short story, 2nd place winner in Perspective Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Contest.
· The Letter, short story, published in summer 2008 issue of Write On!
· Wild Child, poem, published in 2008 by Michael Lee Johnson’s website “A Tender Touch and a Shade of Blue.”