As Alexandra and I prepare for the last elder salon for this year (titled, “Praising the Darkness And Celebrating The Return Of The Light,” on the evening of the 18th), I find myself thinking, about the mysterious and paradoxical relationship between the dark and the light. One does not come without the other.
This year I’ve been doing something new. I’m like one of the wisemen, following a strange light in the darkness. Because of what I have learned by rubbing shoulders with old people, I looked for more opportunities to interact with other old people. I began voluntarily offering groups by phone through an outfit called the Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW). Over the phone I’ve met many old people who are disabled, house-bound and isolated. This has been a very gratifying and learning-full use of my time (2 hours a week). My compassion for we old people has grown.
What compels me to write this request, is this — I’ve learned so much about how Life can ask difficult things of we humans. As it does so, depending upon how we respond, it also delivers amazing gifts. I have met many examples of that mysterious process through SCWW. I am writing you to ask you to call one of these people. Jean (925/944-0137) is a house-bound, disabled person, who lives flat on her back, in bed, and is terribly isolated. She also is a dear person.
I met Jean over the phone. I’ve never seen her. She reminds me of what I went through. I feel moved by her situation, and the person she is. Please call her, and just chat with her. She is deeply, and poignantly, isolated. I was her, maybe you or I will be her again sometime, others are headed that way. She is weathering the darkness alone, and she is capable of transmitting the light. Call her, and find out for yourself.
There are others who don’t have the sense of community we are beginning to share. They too have gifts! I don’t know who will benefit more —the one called, or the one’s calling, I only know, this is the kind of darkness where there is tremendous light. Please partake of it! Call Jean.
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