Monday, May 17, 2010
Let me tell you a story. In our lives, we are tested by circumstances. Do we yield to those circumstances or do we grow with them?When we get hurt, or have a misfortune,we have to decide do we sit or move forward? Yesterday, I struggled with the decision not to attend church. I, felt I needed time for myself to reflect about Who I AM, What I want to do with my life since retiring, and prepare for today's direction. Out of tragedy, Good can be found At times, we can't see nor want to see the good we can gain from our losses and hurts. Sunday, my new friend, Shelia and I drove about 45 minutes from our homes to go to a camp. You could hear children laughing. What's so special about this? This was Camp Magik.Camp Magik, was inspired by a woman in Ga. who saw the need to help children who lost a parent or someone else through death. This camp is offered for a weekend, several times during the year. It is supported by a no.of agencies and groups. There is no cost to the families for their child or children to attend. Staff members are a nurse, social workers,Hospice Workers as well as some parents and volunteers. Throughout the weekend, children laugh, cry, talk about their loss of their loved one through death. Children, can be a "hard nut to crack", and keep their grief within themselves. Camp Magik, allows all of the children to have a sense of belonging to an unfortunate yet fortunate group of children and adults with a common issue--DEATH. Children play, make memory books, cry, laugh and share to others. Shelia and I, are volunteers with a local HOSPIC.This Hospice worked in conjunction with Camp Magik to sponsor this weekend event.As we continue to discover who we are and what do we want to do with our lives, we can always try to remember that out of loss, hurt, Good, can can be a reward. Sunday, Shelia and myself, And other adults felt the reward of seeing children and families work toward rebuilding their lives as a result of death . At the end of the day, we didn't feel bad about not going to church as the day spent in this environment was like being in church and doing what was right. For information on Camp Magik go to their website www.campmagik.org. Reflect in looking at your life, has any good evolved from something you felt was challenging, whether because of death, loss of a job, moving to another city?