We have been dealing with a pandemic for over a year now. I'm sure that we are looking foward to some form of normal life coming soon. What becomes the "new normal" at that time won't necessarily be what we expected. There is no way to return to the many things we missed during this time - family celebrations, parties, anniversaries, vacations, the many people who are no longer with us because of the COVID virus.
In some areas of our life, we will feel like we are starting over. We will be challenged to find new ways to replace what we long for or what we enjoy, and to learn new ways of doing things.
Often during the pandemic, I have been reminded of the words that a friend of mine, who has had Parkinson's disease for many years, frequently told me, "When Parkinson's takes something away from you, you always need to find something to replace it." We need to fill that void in order to feel whole, but that doesn't mean that it can't be something new and different. Often that void can be an opportunity to discover something new about yourself, to do something that you've never done before but were always curious about the possibility of trying, a new way of celebrating who we are, of becoming aware of a newness that we have to share with others.
Can we, as VMs, become something new?
Can we discover a new dream and make it real?
Br. Tom Ruhmann, OMI
VM National Director
National Conference via Zoom
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:30 am CST
Morning Presenter: Gary Behrman, PhD
To live full of grace is what our hearts long for. What does it mean to live grace-fully? Together we will explore this question and discuss approaches on how to integrate grace into our lives. How do we open our hearts to grace and live to our fullest potential? Tools and strategies will be discussed so we might live grace-fully. Resources will be provided for ongoing support for a healthy life. This will be a holistic approach to aging to inspire us to be connected to God, others and ourselves.