I wanted to share a beautiful mindful moment that I experienced with Janet this morning. Janet had a mammogram appointment this morning and was a little anxious. On our way there we talked about how women over a certain age all have mammograms. She shared numerous women in her family that have had them. This seemed to ease her.
Janet did wonderfully at the appointment and was very proud of herself. I could tell even the tech was brought joy by Janet’s accomplishment and cheery disposition. After changing back into her regular clothes – there was a lady sitting in the waiting room on her phone (not talking). Janet smiling attempted to engage the woman on her phone with no response at first. She was too busy with whatever had her attention. Janet then attempted again by saying “Hello” in her cheery happy disposition. The lady on the phone smiled engaged briefly and went back to her phone without skipping a beat. It made me think about being mindful and in the moment. How our phones have become such a social outlet that people do not engage strangers in public and when it does happen its a brief fleeting moment. The beauty of the moment was the pride Janet had in accomplishing something that seemed a bit scary for her and her ability to engage someone who she did not know who was completely disengaged. Her effort to engage reminded me of simply staying connected to the people around us.
This article was written by Jennifer A. the Senior Support Provider at our Stanwood home. Thank you Jennifer for sharing such a meaningful moment.