SIMPLICITY, PATIENCE, COMPASSION
…these three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
The simplicity of trees standing still and remaining strong, knowing that God will provide their needs for nourishment.
The patience the tree must have to wait during a long interval without rain … yet the compassion to still find the strength to provide needed shade on a sunny day. Returning from a three-month leave has brought me deeper insight and a great sense of promise that our mission is alive and well at Divine Providence Village. Recently, a family shared that their loved one in our care had stated to them, for the very first time, “I love you.” Such a simple phrase that many of us bestow upon our loved ones each day, yet hearing it for the first time brought this family to tears. While they always knew that love for them was in her heart, it was pure joy the first time that they heard her form the words and express the feeling to them.
When I heard this, I could not help but think that she is expressing love because she is living love. She is experiencing being “shaded in love” by our staff who are like trees that cover her. Our staff choose to be rooted in the lives of our individuals, and they are in turn watered by the compassion and love which our individuals possess. We here at Divine Providence Village are blessed to have staff who are like healthy trees – rooted, watered and growing each day.
Elizabeth Douglas-Trawick Divine Providence Village