Great Reminder

There is a lovely lady in my book group who has become a great teacher to me.  She is a model for love, communication, and inner questioning.  She is also a model for overcoming obstacles.  She lost her eyesight a number of years ago and also lives with Parkinson’s Disease.  Instead of crawling into a shell and feeling sorry for herself, she continues to learn and grow and live life to the fullest.  Her most recent endeavor is participating in and performing with the Parkinson’s Awareness Choir at our local hospital.  I was lucky enough to attend their performance on Wednesday and it was a wonderful reminder of being content with what is and doing the best with what you got.

In the opening of the performance it was explained to us that one of the effects of Parkinson’s is the inability to smile and make facial expressions.  The gradual loss of voice is another symptom.  The choir was created as a part of the music therapy program so that these patients could exercise their voices to combat this effect.

I have to say it was such a joy to watch these people perform and despite the lack of smiles, their energy just lit up the place.  The songs chosen were so moving, either had us breaking out into laughter or tears.  And as for my friend, Delores, she was the brightest light on the stage (of course I am partial).  I’d say she is a natural performer!

I wanted to share the lyrics of the last song they sang for us.  It was written by one of the members of the choir.

Reaching For The Sky

by Steve Sandler

We’ve come to sing for you

We could have stayed at home

Sitting in our easy chairs

Silent and alone

If we could dance we would

Hey maybe we could try

Though we’re slow and shaky

We’re all reaching for the sky

Though we’re slow and shaky

We’re all reaching for the sky

Though our faces show no smiles

We are smiling from within

Smiling as we softly croon

The melodies we spin

We’ll sing our songs the best we can

We’re glad you came to hear

Our simple tunes and harmonies

Help us speak loud and clear.

We’ve come to sing for you

We could have stayed at home

Sitting in our easy chairs

Silent and alone

Since we can dance we should

Hey let’s give it a try

Though we’re slow and shaky

We’re all reaching for the sky

We’re all a little shaky

But we’re reaching for the sky.

So whatever it is you’re too scared or uncertain to do, just remember that life is short and whatever it is you have the ability or desire to do, you might just want to get started on it.

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2 thoughts on “Great Reminder

  1. Renee April 9, 2010 / 7:12 am

    Very inspiring!

  2. Leigh April 9, 2010 / 8:54 am

    Well, you certainly made me smile. Beautiful, Leslee.

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