“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.” ~Author Unknown
As parents and teachers we often zone out when we get a moment alone. It’s normal– I do it too. I am far from perfect, lose my temper sometimes, say the wrong thing, and sometimes hover outside of myself with folded arms and ask myself, “is that REALLY the best you can do?” That ever happen to you? I’m working on it– just like everyone else.
The other day I was sitting in a café working during lunch time. A few tables away, a black woman in her 40s, sat with 7 elderly men and woman which she was clearly taking on a much anticipated outing. She was taking care of them. She wiped their mouths, wheeled them in their wheelchairs, asked them questions about their lives and facilitated conversation between the group.
It struck me. We often talk about those in care-taking positions (that may not appeal to a wide audience) as being underpaid and under-appreciated. That always bothered me. Teachers, nurses, aides—they work very hard and do such an important job. I know we’ve all said this before– but it’s still true as true can be.
I watched her now and again show such patience, concern and, perhaps most importantly, curiosity to these people in her care. And I was moved to do something. Does that sound ridiculous? That’s OK with me.
Someone once urged me, “imagine your child by your side, holding your hand Read more