You Never Know
--by PamelaJo, posted Jul 18, 2007
I have a dear friend Joni, who is one of those people who lights up a room when she enters. She is an extremely warm and welcoming individual, who makes you feel good about yourself. Over the past few years Joni has dealt with much, including family illness and death, and throughout it all she has maintained a presence of joy that has been remarkable.
Recently she was contemplating whether or not to continue a weekly visit/group she conducted at a nursing home. Each week she would bring an activity to share with the residents. This was the nursing home where her mother had been and Joni had grown quite fond of the other residents there. But Joni's schedule is so full, she felt the need to make some changes, and thought she might discontinue her work at the nursing home for a while.
As she was wrestling with her decision she kept going to her group. One day she arrived in time as the residents were going to the activity area where the group was held, so Joni being Joni, started helping the residents get to the group, as many have Alzheimer's and other conditions that lend themselves to the need for a gentle hand. Joni was helping one such resident who was doing a bit of moaning and groaning about having to get to the group. Joni kindly walked with the lady and said to her that if she really did not want to go to the group, then she did not have to and Joni offered to help her back to her room. The lady quickly and with excitment responded that she just had to get to the group, as everyone had told her 'Joni' was coming today and she would not want to miss that group!
Just as this lady might have needed Joni's help, she also gave Joni the help she needed to keep on with her group. You never know........ and then every once in a while.....you do.....