Angela's July 2017 Letter

Dear Friends,

With the month of July off from F.B.I. I am able to focus on developing new class themes and challenging brain games, and improving the Monday Cognitive Class. You will read below the types of tasks we do but for now, let’s focus our attention on the sense of Seeing.

We are so fortunate to be able to see with our sense of sight. We can see things such as a Monarch butterfly that passes us so swiftly, the billowy clouds on a perfect day in the park, the children dressed up

in 4th of July colors for the local parade in the neighborhood, the look of joy when seeing my friend Megan Eide’s baby for the first time, and so much more. What we cannot see all the time are spider webs until we walk into them, the wind that blows balloons into the sky and lifts them higher and higher, we know it is there as we can feel it after we get out of the pool but we cannot see it.

The sense of seeing is also rooted in compassion. People experience challenges that we may not actually see, but having the discernment to know that they are put to the test is a skill of sensitivity that I want to refine. I talked to my cousin in New York the other day and she rarely ever calls but because I am my mother’s daughter, I write to her monthly. She finally called me asking for prayer for a challenge she is experiencing. What a feeling to hear from a cousin who doesn’t use technology via email, Facebook or cell phones. She relies on the old fashioned telephone connected to her wall. After hearing her story of needing a second opinion about cancer, I felt her pain and also her sweet spirit of knowing that God is in control of her life. I couldn’t do anything except listen. Getting to listen and offer support is something so precious. We rush through our day and we check out our “To Do” list and we are happy to accomplish the tasks and chores. We see only what we want to see but being a follower to me means seeing without being present in New York.

I am practicing this summer Seeing with my Head and my Heart. I hope to see you in August for our end of the summer picnic at Rush Park in Los Alamitos. I will share my stories with you and you can do the same.

Until then,

Open your eyes to see what is not seen.

Angela Mandas, M.A. CCC

Speech Language Pathologist

F.B.I. Facilitator