OK, there are lots of pages and blogs about the ways Millenniums make offices, volunteer groups, and civic groups beyond difficult.
This blog is about how Millenniums make us all better!!
At Hope & Healing Place we work daily with M's as volunteers, staff, and board members.
M's push us
M's add energy to office and groups
M's are passionate about causes, events, and projects
M's see a new world, fresh with ideas and suggestions
OK, some of the positives do have down sides of having to be right, lower interest in listening than talking, and not recognizing someone else's 20, 30, 40 yrs of experience.
But still, I Enjoy laughing, planning, decision-making with M's.
Millennium's make my world brighter, sharper....with new answers, views, and opinions.
At Hope & Healing Place we say "Welcome to the table Millennium's!!"
Calls to Hope & Healing Place 7 days a week. We answer, respond to the presenting grief or referral need.
A consistent message is (1) Yes, we can help, (2) You are not alone, and (3) you are now connected with us on a journey no one asked to take. I can hear callers begin to take breaths, long held, and a sense of appreciation for being connected.
A recent caller at 8:43pm was so over-whelmed with a recent, sudden death of her husband she could not talk. She cried. I listened. I told her I would talk to her the next day. She cried in great sorrow but then also was able to tell me about her husband and all the ways he was missed.
Other callers may have a flat tone. Just looking for information is the front of the Tshirt. The flat tone tends to change when they realize there really is face to face, story to story, grief to grief, and support available.
At The Hope & Healing Place we have had new callers asking for support before a funeral or memorial service.
Yet, it is not unusual for a family or individual to call regarding a significant death of 7 to 10 yrs ago.
There is no time limit for grieving or addressing that important person who will not be at the table this Thanksgiving.
Parents are parents forever
The same for spouse loss and special friend or peer as well
At Hope & Healing Place we understand making that first call may be one of the hardest steps a person has ever taken. Asking for help from others can be disappointing or even create more harm (800#'s, internet, well meaning friends and family).
At Hope & Healing Place the phone call is a person's first step to healthy grieving and support through the most difficult of times. This is our mission, our purpose, our "Why" of why we answer the phone,
A. J. Swope was awarded Male Artist of the Year at Best of Amarillo and his band was awarded Best Band.
Wednesday evening the band, and others, gave meaning to A. J's music and life through their playing, stories, and as one of the members said "Let's have some fun."
AGN is the host of Best of Amarillo.
Les Simpson, Publisher, announced AGN was making a contribution to a local charity in A. J.'s name.
Wendi Swope made the decision to name Hope & Healing Place to receive the contribution....an honor to receive and especially in A. J.'s name and memory.
We all want our lives and lives of our family and friends to have meaning.
At Best of Amarillo meaning was given to A. J.'s life and the lives of his family and friends through his music, his story, his life. All in the hall was blessed by this special evening.
On Sunday children, teens, parents, and grandparents gathered at Hope & Healing Place to tell stories, see how the kids have grown, meet those from Spouse Loss group now married, and welcome both Globe News and Channel 7 to the hall. The Mayor read a Proclamation .... Bob told stories from 2002 to now about passion, mission, and achievements beyond what Beth and Tricia would ever unfold from initial vision of a healing center for children and families.
As I look back over 10 yrs (plus 3 prior yrs of planning) my heart is filled with so many stories from so many individuals and families, nights and days of support groups led by community volunteers who supported so many with both skills and caring. So good to have so many return Sunday to reconnect, let us all know of their ongoing grief & healing journey, and celebrate HHP as still the safe place for so many.
Sunday gave purpose and meaning to budgets, branding, marketing, and donor requests.
All of the organizational efforts mean nothing without the "Why" of how Hope & Healing Place began, transformed itself over years, and never left the original mission to "heal the heart of a child."
The desire is for Hope & Healing Place to b serving families 10, 15, & 20 years from now.
All that began Sunday as we both looked backward and then leaned forward toward today's and tomorow's Hope & Healing Place. Wow.....loved every minute with Beth, Tricia, and now Tiffany, Emily, Candi, Becky, Les, Douglas, and so many more.
Each day anyone in a leader position is faced with challenges of all kinds....solve one and then three more.
It is easy to go for a week working through the challenges and barriers to success and let go of the whole basis of doing what we do.
At Hope &Healing Place the "Why" basis of what we do begins with "I believe....."
I believe in the importance of healing the heart of a child.....
I believe in the power of caring volunteers.....
I believe in the healing that comes from children, teens, and parents telling their story....and listening with the compassion to the stories of others.....
I believe in building partnership and networks as the only way to build a grief support cente.....
I believe in Hope and how Hope leads to Restoration of hearts and spirits and young lives.....
I believe because I know no other way.....
I believe because believing works......
And when believing doesn't work that day, I believe anyway......
I believe......and you????
I was honored to attend Get Fit's "The Biggest Loser" event on Saturday. Six individuals told their story in the middle of this busy store with customers, kids all around.
Each person spoke of life's discouragements which impacted their weight and life-style behaviors and food.
Each person was able to identify a person or date when each made the decision to stop self defeating behavior and began to exercise, eat more wisely, and receive support from spouse, friends, and peers.
Amazing stories of encouragement, the importance of support, and personal and family health.
Isn't this the same with the journey of Grief????
Progress - going backwards - starting over again
The importance of encouragement and support of family, friends, & peers
With commitment and regular work individuals & families do work through their grief to a sense of adjustment and healing.
Thank You to Karen and staff at Get Fit!! You inspired me on Saturday and that encouragement continues as I plan the week at The Hope & Healing Place.
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