Friday, 19 November 2010

For what do you hope?

I follow a few blogs that feature creative pursuits. Creativity is very healthy. As much as being in nature, the power to heal. To sit quietly beside a lake, under trees blowing in the breeze.

Travelling around the latest Lanark Maple tour we spotted fencers, potters, as well as other creators. A healthy cottage craft.

My latest creation, since my garden is to bed for the winter, was my giraffelope. He is decorated for Christmas. I added wings last week. 

I used the same technique as in dreamcatchers for the wing webbing, 30 yards of rawhide. 
Out in the fresh air, pondering life's mysteries. Strangers stared as they passed!

Hats; my girls in my chair
My daughter crotchets, as my late mother did. I cannot. I tried. I gave up. I have other tricks! I used to do macrame, needlepoint, and made candles in those good old days. Caitlin made hats for her family. She's making a couple to sell to friends of friends, too. Two kids under 3 and she is a busy woman!
Dreamcatcher at Wahta

Now that I no longer have to do marking, plan for teaching, read recent publications for work, and I have leisure time to invest in my interests. I find it lovely to sit and listen to a podcast, or the radio, and putter, while pondering life.

Children's Wishcatcher project
My current project is a hula hoop/wishcatcher. I cannot, in all good conscience, call it a dreamcatcher as that seems a particularly Native spiritual artistic endeavour. I loathe those who steal such designs.

I remember creating wishcatchers with our Children's Bereavement Expressive Arts Therapy Group. We called them wishcatchers.

They were tough for the younger ones, but having to depend upon their mentor for teenage help, holding the beads, and hoops for each other, created an amazing synergy.

It is wonderful therapy. We also did pottery.

child's concept of her mentor/buddy
I talk with my Hospice clients about their hopes. In a recent workshop, I was thinking about this. Some of the literature suggests that we examine our dreams and hopes differently. Hopes change with the diagnosis of 'palliative'. Rather than looking for hope for a cure, we have daily hopes. We can hope on a short-term basis. Things we look forward to each day, or each hour. Rather than hope, I wish peace for my clients. It is different for everyone.

Our group project: HOPE
My dreams have changed. No longer do I wish for 'lawyers, guns and money', to quote a musician, Warren Zevon. I used to hope to have a job in Muskoka, check. I used to wish to retire beside my precious lake. Check. Now, close to family and friends, I have all that I could wish for. I cannot wish for health, as we middle-aged women have our aches and pains. I know that exercise, eating properly, watching my cholesterol all factor. Health is a self-inflicted wound, methinks. We know how to prevent most disease. (*Cardiovascular disease, CVD, is the biggest killer of women.) I'm prepared for whatever befalls. I want to live in the present moment, appreciating the world around me. Overall, I hope I make a difference.

For what do you hope: today, tomorrow, this year?
Are you enjoying each day to the fullest, no regrets about tasks incomplete, dreams delayed? Are you loving yourself as much as others love you?

*Fact: 41% of all deaths of Canadian women are CVD-related, compared to 37% for men. [Heart and Stroke Foundation.pdfBy the year 2015, almost half of all women in Canada will be aged 45 years or over, which means a large contingent will be in the heart-disease- and stroke-prone years. It costs Canada billions of dollars in health care. The quality of life of CVD survivors – the satisfaction of physical, social, and emotional needs and aspirations – is another indicator of social impact. Unfortunately, there is minimal research on this on women (most studies are on men). Visit CHAP, for more information.


Junosmom said...

that my family is safe and happy. That's my greatest hope.

Powell River Books said...

A timely post. Right now I wish for my mom's returned leg strength. Her renewed independent will also renew mine, so I guess it is a bit of a selfish wish, but not much. - Margy

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great post on a number of levels.

I learned a long time ago that I can't wait for all the crap in my life to go away before I can enjoy it. You have to find a way, today, to be content in your life, today. I'm not a real corporate hard charger. I'll come in late if there is a sunrise to photograph. I'll take a long lunch to find that geocache in a park. I've learned to really appreciate the different personalities I work with.

The CVD for women is a very serious issue. Breast cancer gets all the press so CVD doesn't get the attention that it deserves.

I just have to tell you that I continue to really really love your blog!!

Al said...

My hopes revolve around my children. In today's world I barely have time for any hobbies, really just my photography, and I'm a long way from retirement.

My name is Riet said...

My hopes are to stay healthy for me and my family.Like you I did all those old crats like macrame and such. Now I still quilt and crosstitch,
Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting my blog.

clairz said...

This is a wonderful blog--a real slice of your life. I love your giraffelope, especially the wings!

Joe Todd said...

Wow that is quite a post. Hope you are feeling better. I to have had a cold/sinus infection for the last couple weeks but am finally starting to feel better. I recently made a bet with a good friend of mine. If I loose 35 ponds (which I need to do) she will quit smoking. Being in nature, the power to heal says it all

Don Wood said...

Hi thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment so many people dont. I love the chair how good is that and to have your girls in it as well.. I am not so sure about the giraffalope but I love his name. Can your wish catchers work via long distance if so I will start wishing away. I call toy catalogues wishing books my grand children open them and say I wish I had one of those. Have a good week. XXX Don

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Jenn -- I know your Thanksgiving Day is past for the year, but ours is this week and your post is very appropriate. Be thankful for what is, adjust your hopes, keep an open mind and keep learning and doing. Good words, even for those of us who are (although I hate to admit it) older than middle age!