Seniors recovering from surgeries and illnesses found hope on July 7, 2011 when I had the opportunity to conduct a vision board workshop at The Lutheran Care Center at Concord Village in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In attendance were 13 patients and 2 family members. While my dad was part of the workshop, I and two staff members helped them to create the life of their dreams on their vision board. It was amazing as we watched the images emerge into beautiful, colorful stories of who, how and where they want to be upon returning home from The Lutheran Care Center.
Over the years, I have worked with people of all ages, sharing what I have learned through experiences in life; motivating, inspiring and guiding them so they, too, can connect to what brings them joy and peace, to live their lives in a happier, more positive state of mind.
Prior to the workshop I cut out pictures, phrases, quotes and sayings. The patients also chose their own that meant something special to them. Some of the images selected were: vacation areas, people walking, pets, family, words such as health, happiness, take control, stand tall, walk strong and the list goes on.
I started out by asking everyone - What are you looking forward to when getting home? Patients shouted out answers.
One said “Selling my house”, which was fascinating since something lead me to cut out a ‘for sale/sold’ house sign before the workshop, so there was her first image.
Other responses were “my dog/cat”, “privacy”, “a cup of coffee on my deck” and “going to the local market”, and
again, the night before my intuition lead me to cut out a picture of a local market. Hooray. She was able to use that one, too.
As I spoke to everyone individually I asked questions such as - What is your life's desire? Where will you visit? What haven't you completed yet that you wish to do when you get home?
I explained how this is one of the steps for developing and creating a brand new vision. If you are unaware of the concept of vision boards, here is a brief description: a vision board is a wonderful manifestation tool that helps you to create the life you always wanted. Though it sounds too simple, I’ve been creating vision books, boxes and boards for half my life and I've conducted many workshops and vision boards have been an integral part in helping me stick to and achieve many, many goals over the years. I've been astonished at the outcomes I've created by what looks to be a simplistic collage on my wall, not only for myself but in my relationships as well.
Before the workshop, what I found by observing the patients in rehab was some were thrilled they made it through surgery one day and the next day calling themselves invalids, even though it wasn't true. They were just giving up hope. My thought was why not have them look at pictures of themselves dancing, walking or
just smiling, or cutouts of people doing the same. Why not turn their negatives into positives? My true belief in life is “Whatever you focus on is what you get, good or bad, so why not focus on the good”?
My hope was to reconnect them with the person they were before their illness, who they always wanted to be or what they've always wanted to do, have or achieve. Here are some of the comments I received.
A 93-year-old woman who barely talks to anyone said “This is so beautiful”, “I’m so excited”, “This really made me happy. Thank you”.
Another participant said - “This was so therapeutic, I'm so glad I came”. “I feel happy just looking at this already”. “I think this will brighten my days here, thank you so much, I'm glad someone talked me into coming”.
Another - “I needed this. I was ready to give up and this somehow has given me some hope as silly as that
I wanted to shed happy tears because I felt like maybe, just maybe, their vision boards will give them hope
and bring a smile to their face every day while at the center and when they get home. From the buzz going around when I returned the next day, I heard some already realized their dreams of going home and living a productive life again were not so far out of their reach. I'm honored to have been a part of this.
Every workshop is different for every person and age group but the results are always the same; a happier,
more positive outlook on life. I feel as if I helped find a little peace within them and some already created a thought process of hope, motivation and willingness to go onto a healthier, more fulfilled life. What more can I
ask for? I am truly blessed to have been a part of this very special day.
This article is In Memory of Frank Licchiello, my dad. He passed away on July 12, 2011. I miss him so much but I'm thrilled I was able to share this experience with him.
Marion’s focus is on overall personal development, healing, spirituality, health, fitness, growth, and
wellness. She has been featured in Shape, Prevention and Miss Fitness magazine. She had a local TV Show related to health, healing and wellness. She writes a blog for the Poughkeepsie Journal titled “Get Motivated, Get Fit”
http://blogs.poughkeepsiejournal.com/getmotivatedgetfit/ and is a feature writer for The Country Courier Magazine www.countrycouriermagazine.com. Marion is a certified as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor. She was a certified
Hypnotist and Level I & II Reiki Practitioner. She practiced Thought Field Therapy and has worked with Kinesiology. She is fascinated with the mind. She also reads Fairy, Angel and Goddess cards. The readings are to express what
needs to be improved upon and the positive. Her mission in life is to help others create their ideal lives and reach their goals by sharing her own life experiences.