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  • Day after day goes by,
    And I work with people,
    People with disabilities
    looking for a bit of help,
    Turning to me for answers,
    Some simply solved,
    Most taking time,
    Others, for which there is
    No immediate solution, maybe never to be.
    I come home,
    doing my best to leave it behind,
    but, as much as I try
    it is not always possible
    to wait until tomorrow to pick up from
    where I left the day before.
    So in my mind it stews,
    and I think of all
    possible answers and scenarios,
    Sometimes with success but most of
    the time nothing presents itself.
    And so I let them know, that I have
    no answers to share,
    and I listen, and share in their frustration
    inadequate in what I do
    as tears
    silently drip
    down my cheek
    into my pillow.
  • Last week I facilitated a picnic for my support group members and many of whom came to me for help throughout the years. It was a wonderful day for all(some 75 individuals with various disabilities) including myself. That was wonderful in itself, but today, I was moved to tears, after a co-worker stated "you must go to bed feeling so good". I looked at her, curious as to what she meant. She stated that she had heard more "Soulez" stories that day, in addition to several others who had spoken with her recently, of how I have been helpful to them, and has never once heard anyone speak negatively of me in the seven years she has worked there. I may have had many a sleepless night recently, but I think tonight I will sleep a little better. Perhaps, my prayers are answered by allowing people to have comfort in knowing someone out there cares, even if they can't solve their problems. And if that is the only difference I can make in their lives, that too is important, and I have succeeded.

    **What is Success by Emerson--long before I began working in the field of human services I cut out a clipping of "What is Success" from a Dear Abby column in which she quoted Emerson. I have kept it in my wallet for well over 40 years, and remind myself often(maybe not as much as I should) of its true meaning in my life. Since they I have become an Emerson fan. I try to live up to this and one other quote from the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. They have served me well.
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