“I am learning from this experience. So it’s not depressing.” These were the sentiments expressed by a woman we visited who had taken a bad fall in her home. As she put it, “Last week I was dying, this week, living.” Although she had hearing difficulties, she was eager to engage in conversation and shared with us some precious wisdom about what she was going through and about her family life and history. When she couldn’t hear us talk, she encouraged us to write her notes. While she told us she wouldn’t be able to receive our singing, but was an avid reader, we handed her the lyrics to “Shine” by Joan Chu from the Aromas, CA choir so she could read them. This seemed to epitomize her positive attitude and how she has lived her life, and she remarked that she approved of the message of the song. As we left, she encouraged us not to give up, sharing more words of wisdom. Driving home, the full setting sun broke free of the clouds, lit resplendently in hot pink and orange, shining with a most vibrant and joyous light.
Here is Joan Chu singing “Shine”: