|by Beth Fitton|
Yikes! I was forced to deal with another issue of aging this past week. I had cataract surgery. The drugs were greatallowing me to forget much of it. Actually, it was not bad at all and I won't hesitate to have the second eye done.
The outcome of the eye surgery was quite dramatic. I was looking forward to being able to read road signs better and see the bedroom clock across the room. That happened the first day and I'm told it will continue to improve for four to six weeks. What I was not prepared for was the change in colors. I had no idea I was missing so much. I walked into CAMP Rehoboth the day after the surgery and saw Murray Archibald's artwork on the wall. Wow! I knew the art was colorful but I didn't realize how vibrant the colors really are. I am appreciating the art anew.
I started thinking about how we have times in our lives when we can be walking around with things seemingly "normal" but somehow dulled. (Do you remember Michael in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City? Michael said that you can have a good job; you can have a good relationship and you can have a good apartment/home? You just can't have all three at once.) I think that even if you have all three, you can feel like something is missing. Life can seem dullednot quite the same thing, in my mind, as dull.
For me and for many people, I believe, what makes life more vibrant is connecting with other individuals, connecting with the community and being involved in making your community a better place. Whether you contribute money, volunteer time or both, you end up feeling more vital or alive. You appreciate your life and community more when you make those connections. I think if you try it, you'll find you are appreciating your life anew. For so many of you in this great Rehoboth Beach community, I know I'm "preaching to the choir."
CAMP Rehoboth's board and staff appreciate all of you who have become recent members of the Founders' Circle, upgraded your original pledge, or made your pledge payment. Our current totals stand at 405 members pledging $937,617.72 with $629,473.87 paid.
If it is possible for you to begin connecting with the community through the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, we will be truly grateful. It's not too late for you to join the Founders' Circle. You will be making an investment in our community, plus it's a great tax deduction. CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Pledge Form available in PDF format HERE
Beth Fitton is Development Director at CAMP Rehoboth. She may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 8 July 1, 2005