Posted by: happyangelclub | 六月 20, 2008

Project Henderson & York Hill- May & Jun08

快乐天使处处,处处快乐天使

倘若不是有苦衷,有谁愿意孤守晚年?

三个月前,我第一次看到独居的92岁阿婆,她的脸上没有一丝笑容,只是静静地观察着我,看着我和其他的老人拍照、嬉笑游戏。当我问她是否要加入一起拍照时,她以福建话大大声说:“不要拍,我才不要拍,拍来做什么?”之后,她领了米粮,不多说一句话,就回家去了。

三个月后的今天,阿婆打开了心扉,愿意被拍照了,愿意和人聊天了,脸上也露出了欢喜的笑容。她已经能够和那些来探访她的义工们谈笑风生了。

阿婆的喜乐,也是大家的喜乐。

打开老人心扉的秘诀,是尊重、是耐心、是爱心和同理心。一旦和老人家建立了信任的关系,就很容易让他们敞开心扉,接受你的善意,走出黑暗狭小的房间,到楼下来参与活动。

Happy Angels everywhere, everywhere Happy AngelsTranslated by Ronald Quek- http://www.ehome.com.sg/

Who would want to remain old and lonely for the rest of his life if he does not have difficulties?

Three months ago, I met this 92 years old a-mah who lives by herself. She didn’t smile, she observed me quietly,looking when I took some pictures with other old folks while playing with them. When I approached her to join us in the photo taking, she shouted loudly in hokkien language: “No! I don’t want! Take picture for what?” She headed home upon receiving her share of grocery, without another word.
Three months later, a-mah opens her arms today. She is willing to take pictures and chat with people. She has gracious smiles across her face. She can talk cheerfully and humourously when the volunteers visit her.
When a-mah is happy, everyone is happy too.
The secret of making the old folks to open their hearts, is respect, patience, love and empathy. Once we win their trusts, we will be able to break the ice with the old folks. They will accept your kind intentions, walk out of their small dark closet, and come downstairs to take part in the activities.

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