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Wisdom from Paul Dunn

Wisdom from Paul Dunn

My Mum is now just over 100 years old. And until four years ago, our relationship was, shall we say, “challenging.” Like most Mums, mine believed I was still three years old! And she never seemed to get excited at the things I felt I was achieving. Communication did not flow easily.

Then, it all changed. The simplest way to say it is Mum lost her head. Alzheimer’s disease took its hold. And I realised that for all those years I’d been communicating with my Mum “head-to-head.” Now, the ONLY way for us to communicate was heart-to-heart. And it changed everything.

Just after her 96th birthday, I visited her in the Retirement Home. I looked down at her 42kg (92 pound) frame lying on her bed and I said to her, “You know what Mum, you’re amazing.”

“No I’m not,” she whispered. And then something just came to me. “Play a game with Mum” was the message.

So I said, “Mum, here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to count to 3 and when I get to the 3 I want you to say out loud ‘I AM AMAZING.” You OK with that?”

“Yes,” she whispered.

“OK, Here we go! 1 – 2 – 3.”

Mum looked blankly at me. “What did you want me to say?” she asked. She had completely forgotten. I explained again. And this time on the 3 she barely whispered, “I am amazing.” But I went wild with delight….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Paul is a social entrepreneur and the Wizard of WOW at Buy 1 Give 1.

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2:52AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Each viewpoint isolates.

In Sugmad there is no
isolation.

12:04AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

We each have a spark of God within us.

And not one of us is dispensable.

4:04PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

What a sweet message. Thanks.

3:57PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

The heart speaks a different language. This is what he meant. So what if she may or may not know what the words meant...it was about the energy of love coming from something other than words.

12:55PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

thanks

12:13PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

I am happy to hear about the author of this article and his delight at making his mom able to say "I am amazing" but did she know what she said? Alzheimer’s after all is what she suffers with and I doubt that she knew or will remember the phrase he got her to say. It would seem that this gentleman was thinking more about his feelings than those of his mom. If this is the case this entire interaction is not compassionate or spiritual, it was more like a "settling of accounts" Sorry to rain on his parade but I felt this needed to be expressed. Thank you for reading. Sat Nam!

9:04AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

thanks for sharing

8:58AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

thanks.

7:20AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

My God, what we come to in old age.

7:09AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Very good. Thanks.

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