I’m going to step away, for at least the foreseeable future, from a wonderful and truly blessed chapter in my life of writing books, blogs, and other created resource content on broad, inclusive human spirituality and ‘being’. In turn, I’ll be focusing my full attention on continuing to support the elderly in a volunteer spiritual care capacity going forward.
Through my ongoing work with this special population of older individuals, I’m privileged to provide empathetic and spiritually caring listening, support, encouragement, affirmation, and accompaniment to them in a number of assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support communities. And I’m blessed with the opportunity to facilitate small group formation and thought-provoking discussions amongst these communities’ residents around ‘being’. In my individual visits and small group sessions, many of the residents are eager to share their authentic presence, their stories, their many memories, their hopes, and their wisdom. Conversely, others struggle mightily with chronic and debilitating loneliness, sadness, fear and anxiety, separation, dislocation, and existential ‘homelessness’— while simultaneously experiencing significant difficulty in understanding and expressing the feelings underneath these enormous emotional challenges. Whatever their respective stories and circumstances, each individual that I serve is a unique, precious, and special person… worthy of my authentically ‘joining’ with them in their journeys of later life. Further, each day of service is a unique, precious, and special one… worthy of my dedicated focus and engagement going forward.
As I make this change in my life toward these new things, I look back with joyfulness at having had the opportunity to share something of myself and my heart with you in my own writings. I’ve been fortunate, indeed, to have had you read my blogs, my daily spirituality questions, and my books during these past 5 years or so. And I am enormously grateful. So, in a spirit of sincere thanksgiving, I leave you, for the moment, with these heartfelt wishes:
That each of you, everywhere, might live your lives vibrantly and fully.
That you might be loving, kind, and steadfast as a family member, friend, and neighbor.
That you might join the stranger, the sick, the lonely, and the poor in authentic empathy.
That you might listen well, encourage generously, and guide humbly where you can.
That you might purposefully and curiously seek the questions of life– not simply the answers.
That you might meet life’s disappointments and losses with a measure of courage and resilience.
That you might bring more smiles and laughter, than tears and sorrow, along the way.
That you might stand for the dignity of all others, for just ideals, and for humble service.
That you might reach for worthy causes bigger than yourself with creativity and energy.
That you might ask for the capacity to do more, not tasks that you already have the capacity for.
That you might make a positive difference for others and our shared planet.
That you might send out many ripples for the better in the ‘streams’ that you’ve crossed in life.
And freely share God’s loving, inclusive presence on the future paths that beckon you.
May you all be abundantly blessed in your own respective journeys of life during 2020 and beyond!
Jeffrey C. Tucker