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To rest on one's laurels?

To rest on one’s laurel’s – or not?

Funny how things change, when this phrase was first coined it meant the exact opposite of what it does now!  Today it is seen as not making an effort, becoming lazy, whereas originally it was invariably used as part of a valedictory speech for some old soldier or retiring official. An early example of that usage is found in The Memoirs of the Cardinal de Retz, 1723: ‘The Duke [of Orleans] was old enough to take his Repose under the Shadow of his Laurels.’ (Amazing what you can find out using Google!)

The reason we started looking into the origin of this phrase came when we shared coffee in Costa and decided we’d share some of the feedback we received over Christmas, comments such as: ‘Today has really made my Christmas’ and ‘Watching that Carol service DVD thrilled me as it was as if you were with me on Christmas day!’  In other words, with support, once again we were able to reach, encourage and make a difference to older people, thank you.

So can we ‘rest on one’s laurel’s?  The answer has to be no, not in 2016, we can’t stay where we are, we have to keep exploring, moving forward, reaching those people who this year just might need our help.  According to the 2011 Census, 4.75% of the population of Felixstowe is aged 85+, in other words there is a great deal more to do!  That’s why we will run another Bereavement Support Group, starting 4th April - to find out more you are welcome to meet the course leaders over coffee on Saturday 19th March, 10.45am here at Maidstone Hall. We are also planning to recruit volunteers and then go out and advertise a ‘letter writing buddy’ connection (not a new idea but worth revisiting.)

There is so much still to be done, feel free to join us at any time.

 

 

Perhaps tonight I won't be on my own?

One of these dark and lonely nights,

A car will stop by my house and switch off the lights,

Has someone really come to call?

Hurry, hurry, hurry, switch the light on in the hall,

Sudenly the room seems more bright

As someone I love comes into the light.

I thought I could cope with being alone,

Perhaps tonight I won't be on my own?

Written by CH

Season's Greetings to you all

Season's Greetings to you all

Think we got a mixed reaction to our entry into the Christmas Tree Festival this year – seems you either loved it or loathed it, but what was clear to everyone was you certainly couldn’t miss it!  The blue lights shone right across the hall and if you stopped to read the words on the treads of the ladder you would have seen ‘Relieving loneliness’ ‘One step at a time’.  That sums up what we are trying to do each and every day - we are looking for new ways to reach out and connect with the older people of Felixstowe and the surrounding villages; not an easy task but one we relish.

As one year ends and another begins we will try to build on the links we have, and will have, to encourage each person we meet to think about inviting someone they know to join them for tea/coffee at some point in the new year, then people will help people and this organic network has the potential to grow so that more and more people start to connect, or reconnect, into all that this town has to offer.

So until we blog again in 2016 - Season's Greetings.