Another gorgeous day after a few days of dark skies and rain. I love how mother nature takes care of our needs – the needs of ALL living things. The trees, the flowers, the grass, and our wildlife need so much of the nurturing rain.

So much of life is held in a delicate balance. We’re one big boisterous family here on earth requiring a little of this and a little of that – part of a smorgasbord where any one thing taken to excess threatens to upset the entire horn-a-plenty! Yes, balance and moderation is key.

While walking back from a morning stroll, I stopped in at the retirement home where I have remained on-call ( I cannot pull myself away from the residents I love so much!) and invited one of our dear ladies who doesn’t venture out on her own anymore, to join me for a coffee under the umbrella outside. While she shared her love of the trees, the flowers, the beautiful day, another charming lady sat down beside us, preferring to sit right in the sun to enjoy some vitamin D. Today was to turn into one of those days when a precious gift lands right in my lap and sets everything right again – a reminder to see life through a certain perspective. My heart opened wide in surprise.

I asked this vivacious sun-lover where she had lived in Guelph before she arrived at Norfolk Manor. With bright and sparkly squinted eyes, she smiled the sweetest smile, shrugged her shoulders and said ‘I haven’t a clue, dear. I don’t remember much. A part of getting old is having fuzzy memories. I’ve gone through so much in my life, I’ve learned to just take each day as it comes – going with the flow is the best way to live.’ I sat there, smiling back at her, and told her I completely agreed. Wishing things were different doesn’t make things any different. It just turns what is happening now into suffering. Here we are is simply where we are. She told me, with a joyful look of gratitude, ‘that’s very wise, dear. It is very wise for you to understand that. Just go with the flow and be happy. What is meant to be, will be. I believe that with all my heart.’

Wow. 92 years old. And what’s present is a short memory, a huge, open, loving heart and the wisest words one could ever hear. Take each day as it comes – go with the flow.

Thank you, Vi!

Originally published on Facebook July 16, 2017.

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