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April Newsletter from CC DeGraff

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“The greatest impact you can have on others is not by what you can do but by who you are” by Marianne Williamson.  If we have peace in our hearts, we easily influence others by being ourselves.

At this moment on earth, finding peace can be difficult.  Our world is a scary place right now.  This pandemic has influenced so much of what we do.  It has isolated us and caused us to retreat within our homes. We miss the warm touch of friends and family, the laughing of children enjoying a playground and sharing a meal with another.  However, we should also be grateful for what we do have.  We have more time to create memories with those whom we live with and enjoy these moments without feeling rushed.  We can explore our neighborhoods and enjoy the birds, flowers, trees and fresh air.  The pace of life has slowed for many.

At our community, our day to day life continues as normal as can be.  While we have taken many measures to protect our residents and team members, the love in the community is as strong as ever.  We do have laughter around every corner; residents feel safe and secure and entrust us to protect them from the outside world.  We are surrounded by heroes – our team members who make a choice daily to come and care for our seniors without a thought to themselves.  I continue to see patience, compassion and joyful spirit in the team members at The Kensington.  Yes there is uncertainly and fear but inside the community you will find courage, commitment and a spirit to serve. I am grateful to be surrounded by the wisdom of our residents and valor of the team.

“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  Peace means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.  That is the real meaning of peace.” – unknown