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“Why I Do What I Do”

May 21, 2018

Kim Atkins works at the place my mom lived the last 8 years of her life. They took very good care of her. Here’s one example of what I mean, and I thank Kim for graciously letting me share with you something she wrote recently —

Was working yesterday and bummed about losing another patient I had gotten pretty attached to.

So I’m asking my dementia patient the questions I always ask: “Can you tell me your name?”

She answered correctly with her first and last names, and even told me her sister’s name, again both first and last. I was pretty amazed

“Can you tell me where you are?” I asked

She replied, “I’m in your heart.”

That right there is why I do what I do.

Join me in thanking Kim on behalf of who-knows-how-many people.

Leviticus 19:32 says, “Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.” I find it significant that two of the three parts of that verse focus on one demographic, don’t you? 

And notice that the demographic highlighted twice is literally in the company of the divine there. Whoa now.

And then once again, join me in thanking Kim on behalf of who-knows-how-many people for the difference she makes every day.

And then beyond that, find a way to thank someone you know who brings to their work what Kim does every day. She, and they, are amazing.

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