WOMEN & FAMILIES
Change is Hard... at First
Autumn is a signal that change is about to come. It is a beautiful time of the year, with cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons, maybe some clouds, rain, or frost, falling leaves and drying flowers, but as with the cycle of the seasons; change is good! Summer seems to have passed so quickly which makes it easy to lose track of time. I get so wrapped up in my schedule that I am not sure if I am coming or going or already went! Parents are certainly being challenged in many ways with the Pandemic and ever-changing schedules. It is hard to find quality time for yourself, as well as others.
As I was thinking about this newsletter, I believed this would be a good news story to share with all those who embrace the mission of Lionism. The world could certainly use a change for the good of others. This project could fit nicely as a service project for any club and could be adapted to suit specific needs. As I reflected on an area of greatest need, I decided to adopt my neighbor that needed help because of ambulatory issues and would donate 1 day a week to assist her. Although I believe my schedule was already over-loaded, I made the commitment!
Since March, I have faithfully arrived at her home every Wednesday after work, take her grocery list, do her shopping, pick-up her favorite meal, dust and mop her floors, do her laundry while I’m cleaning. I remove the garbage and junk mail and supply the cats with fresh litter. Her and I have become friends. Even though I am tired at the end of the day, helping this neighbor has created a bond that will last a lifetime. She has become a regular supporter of West Newton Lions and looks forward to our visits since she is housebound. Think about adopting a project to involve the whole family, remember October is the first sign of change, but Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what we have!
In closing, I will leave you with this quote by Robin Sharma, “Change is hard at first, Messy in the middle, but Gorgeous at the end!”
Mary E. Popovich
President, West Newton Lions Club
14-E Chair - Women and Families in Lionism