Hope: Many Interpretations Always Used

 

“Hope is the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen: a feeling that something good will happen or be true: the chance something good will happen: someone or something that may be able to provide help: someone or something that may be able to provide help: someone or something that may be able to You’re our last hope (Merriam-Webster dictionary)”.

A Christian’s definition of hope is far superior to that of the world. Instead of wishing or hoping for something to happen, a believer knows that their hope is solid, concrete evidence because it is grounded in the Word of God and we know that God cannot lie (Patheos, 2014).

Hope is synonymous of faith, looking for a better future, and positive mind thought that all would be well. People hope to find a new and a better job when laid off, hope often succeeds negative experience as one looks for a more positive consequences in the outcome of their choices, post a negative or regrettable event.

Some optimists believe that the word hope, is used for people who are not sure of the outcome of their under takings. They would rather use the word like; it is already done to affirm the positive state of mind of an anticipated outcome.

Hope comes after darkness, it is the step towards a more fulfilling future, and with hope people can make the impossible possible. Faith and hope go together, when you have faith in someone, you will always be hopeful that the individual will stand by you, offer help when needed, or just be there for you.

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Gratitude is the Key to A Successful Living

Gratitude is just being mere “thankful” when someone does a good deed or favor for you. It can also be an appreciation of a relationship, friendship, business favors, or just expressing your heartfelt gratefulness to a stranger, a family member or a professional colleague. Do you recall the first hug from your toddler saying thank you for feeding him/her or for buying that special toy for him/her?

One of the first teachings by a parent to a child once they start conceptualizing things is to say thank you. You can agree with me that a child who grew up in an environment where gratitude is a norm, would grow up to be a grateful adult when situations warrants it. Most children’s’ songs and bible verses are filled with gratitude. There is a always a smile on the face whenever gratitude is expressed. One would arguably say that gratitude is therapeutic for those who practice it.

The Priest, Rabbi or Imam emphasizes that their congregation acknowledges how grateful they are for the privileges, we as human beings have over other creations by God. Because of that superiority, the world has evolved so dramatically for good. Science can be interpreted as human’s expression of their prefrontal cortex, which differentiates us from other animals. Human beings should be grateful for that gift.

A yoga instructor often starts and ends a class with an expression of gratitude, setting the participants minds for positivity and openness to the world. If you practice meditation, there is always a moment of calmness of appreciation, and being grateful for whom you are, your family, work, and good health. Gratitude with a smile can reduce tensions on your facial muscles, and directs positive energy flow to the heart.

I am grateful to all that would be reading this blog, my business associates who believe in my expertise and keep the referrals flowing, my friends, employees, and all that I have had the opportunity to interact on a positive level. I am most grateful to my family for being in my life, for God perfected that creation when he made you my gene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Passover

 

I recently celebrated a Passover Feast with a women-sharing group at my church. It is interesting to know that we were all Catholics, but decided to participate in this highly spiritual and meaningful celebration “Passover”. We were all enthused at the dinning table. The Paschal Meal prayer, with the beautiful festival lights, and the plates that actually has the pictures of what part of the meal goes where was fascinating. The plate was filled with salt water, horseradish, green herb, and haroseth, morror, and matzoh; with a bowl of wine set at the father’s place (recall we were all women).

We systematically did all the mother, father special prayers as we followed the rituals; which includes distributing the cup of thanksgiving, holding the wine, washing of hands by the father, wiping his hands with a napkin, while praying. If you are a catholic, this ritual may sound familiar to you. We also did the Hagadah ritual. A Catholic Priest was invited to the ceremony, who hid the matzoh, and the youngest child could not find where it was hidden. We had the two next youngest children to assist with the search, and they were still looking all over the house, until I left.

My participation in the Passover Ceremony with these wonderful and highly spirit-filled women, gave me an insight on the biblical readings and the actual practice of the events leading to the Passover. There is a lot of history attached the Passover, such as from slavery to freedom; sorrow to joy, mourning to festive, from darkness to light, and from subjection to redemption for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Happy Passover to you!

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Why Medi-Cal Should Never be Messed With

Medi-Cal is a public heath insurance program which provides needed health care services for the low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people in California (CA.gov/dhcs 2015).

The total number of people who signed up for medical from 2013 to 2016 was 11,990,045, and the estimated number of eligible people for coverage is 2,875,000.00. (CMS, 2016). The uninsured rate in the state of California has decreased to 45% with medi-cal usage.

As a health care professional who provide services to low income families, both children and seniors, depriving them from this entitlement is not only callous, but a danger to the society.

Individuals with aids and mental health rely on medi-cal for the sustenance of their medications, and rehabilitation. It is not even comprehensible to envision what the effect of lack of medical services for children and the increase in mortality rate for infant/children’s communicable diseases.

The United States has witnessed random shootings by individuals with some type of mental health or the other. Some reports indicated that since 1970, 60% of mass killings perpetrators suffered from some sort of mental health (Am J Public Heath, 2015). Can you imagine when these perpetrators could never have access to their medications?

Medi-Cal is an important entitlement for the citizens of the United States and should not be messed with by this administration or future ones.

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High Stakes facing Home Care Agencies in 2017 With the DHSS Law

 

The new laws enacted by the Home Care Bureau/Department of Health and Social Services will definitely impact how home care agencies conduct business in the State of California. Using the metrics of the home health agency (HHA), which gets higher reimbursement when compared to the lower compensation that agencies charge clients, is not the best for the industry. The individuals who sat down and decided to pass the home care act, which is great for the agencies to be held accountable and for the safety of the consumers, perhaps did not realize the impact on the consumers as well, and the shortage of the home care aides can really make it harder on the consumers.

How about the cost for these services, which is going to skyrocket? What options are there for the senior citizens who would like to live in their own homes in their golden years, but can only afford to pay for limited services, which might compromise their safety and lead to hazards like falls, failure to thrive, and poor hygiene or poor maintenance of their environment.

We welcome raising the bar for home care agencies and the aides, but the economic cost for our senior citizens, whom the government have no provision to meet some of their basic needs at no cost for this population, is doubtfully unreasonable.

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Holiday Act of Kindness

 

I recently went with a friend for holiday shopping; she was deeply saddened that a resident at the facility where she works was crying because he did not get any gift or card for the holidays. The families of the assisted living facility residents, bring the gifts to the nurses to be distributed to their loved ones. Unfortunately, some residents may not get gifts, cards or just a visit from their loved ones. Residents, who are still with their full mental capacity, can be heartbroken or feel forgotten by their family.

My friend was able to get the resident who was crying for being forgotten by his family a really nice warm jacket. It is important to know that this particular lady lives on paycheck to paycheck, and she is just barely surviving. She did not waiver in bringing some smiles to this 76 year-old man, who said that nobody loves or cares about him. When you see an elderly man crying for love and attention of the family he grew and helped in his younger years, it can be heart wrenching. I could not conscientiously see her make all those expenses. I offered to share the cost of her shopping.

We are still in the celebration mood for 2016, let us all do a soul searching and ask ourselves if we have touched somebody’s heart, not necessarily a family member, or a friend. It does not cost much to bring a smile to an individual or a community. A phone call to a lonely elderly person who lives alone; or a holiday card to a friend who has struggled all year with health challenges or loss of a loved one; or someone from your place of worship are meaningful ways of reaching out and showing love.

You may also consider joining a service organization like the Rotary Club in your local area for community projects.

Happy New Year and best wishes as we celebrate 2017.

 

 

 

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Our Senior Citizens Deserve Better

 

Recently, a local Assisted Living Facility gave eviction notice to some of their residents without caring on the repercussion on the seniors who have been living in the same facility for decades. The oldest of the resident is 102 years, and one wonders why monetary values should override the empathy, love and respect for one of the most treasured populations in every culture.

Apparently, there was no transition plan for the residents in the take over agreement, resulting to eviction of the affected seniors. The anxiety and sadness as a result to of this action is unimaginable, considering the frailty and mental state of the victims. Should not they had a concrete transition plan with adequate resettlement for our protected seniors prior to subjecting them to this cruel act?

The elderly have given a lot to our community and should be respected and carefully considered before certain actions are taken against them. Housing is a basic necessity, and no senior citizen should be denied of that.

Kudos to the City of Los Angeles for stepping in to halt the eviction while negotiation is on going. The City of Los Angeles is one the best resourceful cities in the nation, when it comes to providing and caring for the elderlies.

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