March 2016 Scroll Article

President’s Message

Having recently received some disturbing health news, I’ve begun to look around and realize how many friends and family members are faced with their own health issues. Thinking further, I pause to reflect upon the fragility of life.

Researching the issue, I discovered quotes from well-known sources. On the subject of life and its fragility, Actress and mother, Julia Roberts says, “The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be.” Rocker, Joan Jett opines, “Life is strong and fragile. It’s a paradox.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, says, “Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.” Survivor million dollar grand prizewinner, Jenna Morasca, says, “When you see how fragile and delicate life can be, all else fades into the background.”

When we are young we believe anything is possible; aging and mortality are rarely on our horizon. Then, as advertisements would have us believe, 70 IS the new 60; we are still young and vibrant with no end in sight. But then, G-d has a way of tapping us on the shoulder, reminding us that life is, indeed, tenuous.

Okay, before I get too morose, let me spell out my recipe for dealing with life’s fragility…

Count your blessings and be grateful for them every single day
Don’t let senseless, nonsensical things preoccupy your mind
Don’t hold grudges, forgive when you can and then forget
Create memories with family and friends (that includes playing mahjong!)
Volunteer your time to those less fortunate
Reach out to your fellow sisterhood members who are there for you
Take time every day for YOU
Enjoy good music, art or read a good book
Cry when you feel like it and laugh, laugh, laugh

Send me YOUR recipe for dealing with life’s fragility and I will share your comments in my next message. Until then, live, love and laugh

Shelley Weltman
Sisterhood President