Where Life Resides …

September 03, 2015
The Eden Alternative

Serendipity Garden 2Often I sit in the evening and peruse garden magazines, dreaming of a lush oasis where I sneak off to enjoy a moment of quiet time with a cup of coffee and nature within reach. Presently, the TV in the background rages with the voice of some FOX News reporter dramatically proclaiming the most recent political affront or natural disaster. The aggressive, blaming voices rise and fall like the sound of acid rock music, as my mind gives way to dreams of quiet time, void of any competition for my attention. I once heard that our lives are not made of the dreams we dream, but by the choices we make.

I work in a place where choices are made every moment, and time is balanced by priorities that affect the lives of many. It is hard to choose and often we get so discouraged by the demands that we don’t dare to dream. We simply put one foot in front of the other; take the onslaught as it comes and move on to the next challenge. But, last fall a couple of friends and I dared to dream. We had a few minutes to share our woes after a particularly grueling care conference had ended. And, out of those few minutes, an idea was born. We were in agreement that we needed to treat ourselves better, and those around us would benefit from our renewal, even if we only had a place we could step away to for just a few minutes.

Just outside my office windows there is an area that has become shabby over time. It has been void of life this past winter. While we shared our thoughts it was mentioned that we could possibly make the east patio area nice. We could have that place we were all dreaming about, that place to step away for a few moments, to engage in quiet reflection, a place to gather our thoughts and focus our energies. Soon, OUR energies merged and we began planning, and we began agreeing on tasks, and we began hoping. A committee emerged, the Serendipity Garden Club. We put our strength to the task of creating a garden where we can live the dream.

We hope that you also will find our Serendipity Garden at the east gate, that you will make time in your life to share with the Elders you love in a quiet, tranquil setting where REAL life resides.

By Piper Fletcher, RN-CRC

Holly Nursing Care Center, Holly, CO

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Thank you for sharing a vision, which became a dream, and involved others in the process of creating the space so that (more) others could enjoy the fruits of your actions. Sacred space, a little slice (or slab or corner) of respite and resplendence!

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Nice! I can definitely see myself sitting there sipping some iced tea(unsweetened) and chilling out for a few minutes. Everyone should have an oasis to escape to when they need some time to unwind.

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Jenney Egertson
September 3, 2015 3:19 pm

What a beautiful way to care for yourselves and revitalize mind, body and spirit.

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