Shades of yellow

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I took a photography class for beginners and learned what the different settings on my camera would produce.  I guess old farts can learn new tricks.  Years ago I would not have realized the beauty in this picture.  Today it makes me smile and not take learning something new for granted. 
Kinda like the new language my grandkids use to text today or even new slang.  If your mind is lost to wandering instead of learning memory declines.  If your mind is still learning you are forever young.   Life is an adventure with time to finally do and learn things that interest you.  I am so glad to not be afraid to ask the younger generation to teach me. 
Reach out and explore, find new adventures, slow down and keep learning or stretching your mind. 

Spreading your wings

Watching as life flies by we never realize how quickly time really does go by.  This picture of my grandson racing go carts a couple years ago reminds me that my vantage point through the fence captures but a second in time and when I blink it is gone.  I remember when he was born the mixed emotions around what some might have said was a disadvantage that would hold him back.  Oh yea of little faith, you forgot to tell him as nothing has held him back as you can see.  We realize that the only thing that holds us back is our own minds that believe what we live.

This amazing young man is flying high on life as he finishes up what little is left of his schooling.  He will have to soon decide what he will be when he grows up.  Seeing him reach out and try so many things that interest him I see that his learning and curiosity is still high.  He loves the outdoors and while he can do anything he chooses, he makes sure he cultivates his learning as he goes.  His perception of his grandparents is one of wanting to preserve what generations have given to him.  He learns how to hunt, fish, cultivate nature so that there is something to be left for the next generation.

It has been a pleasure to see him as he becomes a young man.  Kudos to him as he has learned the gentleness of his grandfather and the wisdom to keep trying when others say it is impossible.

Memories

Flashback to a simpler time in life to the year 1965….50 years ago when life had much less complication and stress.  My family unit consisted of six and the potential in the faces of the children was only matched by our innocence.  We began a journey that led us through the country following our parents as we moved with Dad’s military career.  None of us knew what the years would bring and for one moment frozen in time a photographer helped us to capture life in the 1960’s when we knew we were loved.  Little did we know where our paths would lead and the strength we would find along the way.  This last week my mother turned 81 and I see the light in her eyes begin to fade.  She dreams of my father who has long gone before her.  Even thought she continues to guide us and be there for us, time has changed her outlook on what is left of life.  Her words of wisdom ring in my ears and I spend as much time as possible with her to share her stories again and again.  I want to store each memory of her to freeze it in my brain like the picture.  It makes me smile when my mother tells it like she sees it.

Now I see my own children in a picture just like the one from 1965 but with their own families.  I think about what trials they must live through.  The family time is such an important time in life yet I see the wisdom my parents shared being passed down through generations.  The love, encouragement, joy and hard work continue but in a far different world.  Simpler time?  Not really, and until we can put others needs before our own like the ones a mother does for her children, we will not solve the true needs of the world. Hate will continue to multiply and grow like wildfire.  Don’t be afraid to hug your children, elderly, loved ones and friends.  It is only through sharing your faith and love that we can help our children change the world.   Our choices do matter and make a difference.  Choose to be a role model, share your values, talk to your children, hug your family tight.  Love them to the moon and back for love will conquer over hate if we dare to share the memories we all hold so dear.

Affect

Affect is the external display of mood or emotion that is felt inside each of us.  It can be flat and expressionless as in a mime or clown or it can be very animated as in Jim Carey, the actor.  Either way it is the display of emotion from our mood that gives us affect.  We see this clearly displayed in moods from depression to mania.  This is also true in the health care setting.  Attempting to care for more people with less resources of medical personnel feeds the chaos.

Health care currently is in a manic state as we face the challenges of the Affordable Care Act.  I find it interesting that pushing the public into this state of mania is long overdue.    There are no perfect solutions yet many debates as to how to meet the lofty goals and enlist patients to comply reveals many challenges.  In the midst of all this are the nurses and workhorses attempting to push forward and develop meaningful strategic ideas to meet the directives of the legislation.    All this while caring for the increasing baby boomer population threatening to overrun our current care.  Who in their right mind would knowingly go into medicine or nursing at this phase along with how many are we currently burning out in this futile attempt?  What are our choices and where do we begin to make sense of this crazy world we live in?   It is time to have each and every person take accountability for their roles in keeping health care safe and financially sound.

Since Apathy or loss of interest is another key term that comes with depression, how do we keep interested in and cover all the information that keeps coming at us daily.  Those in the medical and nursing professions wonder how long it will take before exhaustion and depression set in.  I for one typically speak my mind.  Not only do nurses need to step up to the plate and consider a greater role in collaborative care if the health care mania is going to have a fighting chance, but the patients themselves must become a consumer of health care.  This will take a concerted team effort as this is certainly not the time for Apathy or Depression to set in as we face one of the biggest challenges in health care history.