What an exciting day at Cancer Services yesterday! The gifts purchased by local organization for our clients through the Christmas Bureau arrived. Boxes and boxes of toys, clothes, food and other items are now being safely stored here until our client families come to get them. And what an exciting day that will be too. No one can dispute that cancer and its related treatments can have a huge financial impact on a family. Many of our clients will struggle to celebrate the holidays this year. This is just one more way that Cancer Services can help.
Last week, the staff decorated the office for the holidays. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
When he was five years old, I had to explain to my son, that while God gave me many good gifts, he didnâ€™t give me the gift of a singing voice. With the compassionate heart of a child my son quickly assured me that my singing was beautiful. I know better but, I still like to sing.
The memory of that conversation makes me smile. I think acknowledging shortcomings and being able to laugh at our fumbles and foibles is a wonderful road to acceptance. Sure, there are values and ideals that we hold dear and for which we should always strive. But, how many times do we place unnecessary, even impossible expectations on ourselves and others?
What would happen if the house wasnâ€™t vacuumed today or the car washed before the weekend? What would happen if we looked at life with new eyes? If we learned to say, â€œOh well, letâ€™s give it a try anyway and see what happens!â€ When was the last time that you laughed at the project that didnâ€™t go according to plan?
Laughter can have great healing power for the soul and the body. The great American painter Grant Wood said: â€œI found the answer (to how and what to paint) when I joined a school of painters in Paris after the war who called themselves neomeditationist. They believed an artist had to wait for inspiration, very quietly. And they did most of the waiting at the CafÃ© du Dome or the Rotonde with brandy. It was then that I realized that all the really good ideas Iâ€™d ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa.
Give it a try, roll with the punches, laugh when it doesnâ€™t turn out exactly right and know how good that laughter feels. Good for the soul and the body.