OFF CARE2 - Volunteering and Traveling....hugs y'all, Jennie
Hi - Update! My friend Gloria & I are leaving for Italy Tuesday a.m. about 8 a.m. so we have to be at the airport 3 hrs early for international flights - UGH! I think 2 will have to do - I am so excited about finally seeing Rome, Florence, Venice, and Malta. We are also making a side trip on our own to Pompeii which I've wanted to visit since I wrote Last Days of Pompeii at 12. I apologize for not being on Care2 much in April but this has been a busy month, first testifying for our program before a legislative committee 4/1 and then preparing for this trip which has taken more time & more $ than I would have thought! I have to be able to lift my own bag so I'm trying to make it as light as possible - that's a challenge! Jenna hoped I would try to dress like a fashion statement, however, that's not my primary goal - COMFORT is my goal! Funny how goals change as one ages, lol! Love and hugs to everyone! See you in May - enjoy the rest of April and Happy Earth and May Day! Jennie :)
I would describe myself as a free thinker, open to new ideas, independent and caring. I am honest even if it's not what I think it's what you want to hear. I am interested in your life story because everyone has one and it is what makes each person an individual. I like to write, and create "The Counselor is IN" every month for the Tx. Assoc. of Vietnam Vets newsletter for whom I'm official social worker. I work with veterans and families and have for several years. I'm considering returning to Hospice Volunteer work. I dislike liars. I really, really care about people - I want to know who you are - the real you, not who you think I'd like you to be. My goal is authenticity as a human being. I spent many years trying to please other people. My interests are wide ranging - people, animals and environment - and of course the politics that affect them. I can't stand to see anyone or anything hurt. I dislike judgmental cruel or deceitful people. I am a liberal and proud of it. I respect other peoples' beliefs and I expect the same from others. I love to have a good time and to laugh. Life is so precious. I want to live every second and learn every second I'm alive. I have free time now that I'm retired to only do work I love from the heart that makes a difference in the world in some small way. I am the mom of a young man and woman I'm very fortunate to call son and daughter. I truly believe that what matters in life is love and the companions we share the world with..and making a difference, little or big every chance that appears. I love movies, reading (my Nook makes it easy).
I used to work for CIA - it was a long time ago! And yes, I had a top secret clearance. And I didn't stay!
Life by Design - It's up to me. God gave me a brain & expects me to use it. Age & experience has given me wisdom because I've chosen to learn from everything that's happened to me. I'm resilient and I can choose how to react to circumstances. Love and relationships (people) are more important than things. I choose to be a life-long learner. I am meeting who I have always been - it's a journey of self awareness, and the most important part is what I do for others - random acts of kindness and love - not what I get, but what I give. I am a living legacy for my children who I love more than life. The best gift I can give them is self sufficiency - theirs and mine.
What Gives Me Hope
Recent walkouts at local high schools by young latino/a/s in support of their family members who are immigrants. When young people can take a stand for something they believe in (the way my generation did in the late 60s), there is hope because young people should feel like they can make change in this country and in their world!
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
hold a town hall meeting and listen, really listen to what people had to say and then ACT on what they had to say - on the CONSENSUS of what they wanted recognizing that in this country the government is the PEOPLE.
What/who changed my life and why
Schindler's List - I realized what a horrible atrocity the Holocaust truly was and that it must never happen here. I love history and I believe in learning from it.
I am an incorrigible optimist. I’m aware of the threats that surround us, but I haven’t lost my faith, I haven’t lost my hope. And I haven’t lost my confidence that people working together harmoniously can bring about a change for the better in the world that our children will grow up in.
It’s not for governments to improve our lives. It is for each individual to ask himself or herself, “Should I continue to make things which destroy life, or can I lend my expertise and my experience to benefit life, to help life?”
We get discouraged because we don’t see life as it is. We feel we can’t make a difference because we don’t see things as they really are. When we see life as it is, when we see people as they are, all sorrow will fall away, all suffering will come to an end. This is the great message of all religions. When we see life as it is, all sorrow falls away.