International Day of Friendship
Hello friends, it is hard to know how to start this article, what an unbelievable period in time. There is no real way to summarize what our community and country have gone through, but it is obviously unprecedented for us all.
Readjustment seems to be the universal experience for so many of us and this is the same for us at the Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC). We have had to make changes quickly to be able to accommodate our friends in the community to be able to provide our services – with the incredible help of our volunteers that stepped forward with their smiles and help in a time of uncertainty.
Our current situation reminds me of the story of the yellow rose. In the early days, the yellow rose was exchanged as a symbol of friendship. The red rose being the symbol of love. This created a negativity with the competition between the red and yellow rose. As time went on the cheery yellow rose came to signify joy and friendship – and here at the PWC we hope that we too can symbolize joy and friendship.
It is important to try at this time of physical and social distancing the “Spice” of life technique.
S = Social – opportunity for interaction with others, i.e. outside at a lady’s coffee group, visit with a friend, men’s social groups, all following the new COVID guidelines.
P = Physical – going for walks, tai chi outside, or enjoying nature (the lovely gardens at the PWC).
I = In Service: our friendly phone calls weekly to stay in touch with our clients. And phone calls to us for help with resources and information.
Cognitive = Read: our newsletter and local newspaper and stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbors. Also, utilize SKYPE/ZOOM or other means of communication that is facilitated by technology, i.e. laptops, cell phones or the tablets provided by the PWC to select participants.
Emotional = Opportunities for emotional expression through support, 1:1 calls and even counseling (when needed).
These components of our services form the SPICE of life when planning and implementing our programs and services to the community. We have tried to highlight ways the PWC has adjusted to COVID.
International Friendship Day History
International Friendship Day is a day to appreciate and promote friendships and began in 2011 by the United Nations. One purpose of this observance is to promote the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. This is especially important during this time of uncertainty. This is important as we are all challenged to think outside the box as we all go through this time.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. - Woodrow Wilson
Let’s all think about a small thing we might be able to do this Friendship Day and here are a couple suggestions to get you started:
Let every one of your friends know how much you appreciate them - with a card, a letter, a phone call, an email, a text, etc.
Practice Random Acts of Kindness for strangers and make some new friends.
Smile at everyone you meet today, they may be your new best friend.
Dedicate a song on the radio to your friends.
Take pictures of yourself with your friends having fun together.
Linda Whittome and Teri Pentland
Peachland Wellness Centre