Musings on Throwing out a Lifeline

I awoke to a very disturbing dream this morning. Someone had fallen off a boat that I was on. I’m not much of a swimmer and didn’t try to figure out how to rescue the person. No maliciousness on my part, but a lack of courage? Effort?

The dream shocked me and it’s made me think about parallels in personal and professional life. As I seek to understand the dream, I’m reminded of a piece I heard last night on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Perhaps no surprise given the escalating unemployment rate, that a recent USDA survey revealed  a sharp increase in the number of Americans going hungry, or on the verge of going hungry with almost 50 million Americans termed “Food Insecure.” This is a phrase I hadn’t heard before. It encompasses not just the amount of food that one has access to, but the quality; does the food have enough to sustain a healthy and balanced life?

The dream, and the report are very timely of course, with Thanksgiving holiday upon us. I am enormously grateful for the gifts of my life—my health, family, friends and colleagues; the good work that I have which enables me to use my creativity and brainpower and not the least, my ability to purchase and enjoy  great quality and variety of food.

I’m making my commitment to pay more attention to those who need a lifeline–to find ways to offer my time, expertise, friendship; to be a better listener, and yes, I’m helping out by distributing meals to those in our community who have less access to a good meal.

I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday.

Laurie Tema-Lyn, Practical Imagination Enterprises, 908-237-2246

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