Tuesday, February 21, 2012

RUBY TUESDAY AND THERE WERE GEMS ALL AROUND




Welcome to Tuesday evening and what a lovely day I have had.   I was awake at three this morning with excitement about the coming day and my first time at a Donate Life Stand ~ it was an amazing experience - and the weather was kind and very mild.

I really did enjoy my time there and met some amazing people - some I had met before and some were new friends and I had the honour of spending time with a Donor Mother who was there to honour her son.  We held deep conversations about many things and I am sure we both benefited from the time we spent together.  I shall look forward to working again with the lovely staff and volunteers.

I have however come home tired, but excited ~ it is the first time I have been into the City for a very long time and everything is different but I managed to visit a lovely coffee shop in Adelaide Arcade before coming home and also to pick up some Chocolate Frogs from Haigh's Chocolates.  The pictures below are random images and were taken before we became quite busy.  It was a wonderful opportunity to be an advocate for Organ and Tissue Donation.







We were fortunate to have a copy of the book of life for anyone to read and this is a link to that book on line - there are many stories of courage, generosity and hope there, please visit and read some of the stories.   My story is on pages 63-64.

http://www.donatelife.gov.au/resources/book-of-life#/page/1


It was lovely to see my younger daughter striding through the Mall on her way to a meeting and to have her stop and chat and meet some of the team.  I think she may have been a bit concerned about Mum and it was a beautiful thing to do.   

Thinking of my friend Nicole tonight as she travels to Perth to visit her mother for what may well be the last time and my heart goes with her and her family, it is never an easy journey.

To those others of you caring for a sick family member please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers each day as you struggle to come to terms with what is happening and the support or lack of support your loved one is receiving effects your lives too.  It puts added pressures on many people and causes huge disruptions in many lives.   Take the time to visit that special place in your heart where you can find peace and calm, even if it is for only a short time.   Rest, reflect, restore and gather strength from those who love you and are watching situations evolve with very great concern.

As carers it is very important to take care of yourselves - or "Who will take care of the Carer?
My love and care wings it way to you right now.

On Valentine's Day I received an arrangement of silk roses and they sit on my desk and bring a smile each time I look at them or touch them.  I am reminded of so many things; that I am loved and cared for and someone was thoughtful enough not to send fresh flowers which would have wilted and withered in a matter of a few days in our summer heat.

I was told numerous times today how well I am looking and I was able to say that I am well and that life is sweet for me  and that is what I wish for you.   Sweet days when love and joy is your companion and on the days when the sky isn't quite so blue I wish you someone to ease your burden.


I can truly relate to the words of this song ~ I'm Alive and Well and I am thankful.


"This motor's caught it's wings and brought me back to life and today you know that's good enough for me.  Breathing in and out is a blessing can't you see.   I am alive and well."

Thank you for visiting the Musings of My Heart - today my heart has rejoiced and I have wept with a special donor Mother.

Love and hugs,
Linda. 

1 comment:

Joe said...

I am also happy that you are alive and well! I am so happy for you that you had a lovely - no....GREAT day. You should do that more often! You've been busy with the Rose Planting Ceremony and the volunteering to speak with prospective donors. Way to go Linda!

Love,

Joseph