In today’s news we hear COVID-19 daily. Despite the negativity, I continue to count my blessings. You see, in 2019 I lost both of my parents within 3 weeks of each other. After their deaths, I found myself thinking more about my own mortality. I began to look at my life and think about what brings me joy... my job, my children, my husband, my friends, and other family members. I started to assess my life. My job at that time no longer brought me joy, like the way it did when I started. I decided to make a change and that change led me to the Ohio Masonic Home Resource Center last November. It’s always scary starting a new job but everyone has welcomed me and made me feel part of something much bigger.
I am proud to work here and I am also proud to help people in the community and on our campus on a daily basis in NE Ohio. In March our normal changed with COVID-19. COVID-19 brought phone calls and e-mails, and no in-person visits or face-to-face fellowship with our Masonic Districts. But, COVID-19 did lead me to get to know many IL residents at Western Reserve Masonic Community, and I’ve really enjoyed my conversations with them and learning what brings them joy!
For me, my family and my work brings me joy. My husband and I have been married for 33 years this past June, and we have been empty-nesters for 2 years now. We have three children, one who lives in Detroit, Michigan, and two who live in Lexington, Kentucky. When I learned that there was an opening in our SW territory for a new Liaison, I made the request to transfer territories as I didn’t want to leave OMH! My request was approved, and as of August 1, I will be closer to two of my three kids and still work for OMH at a job I love.
If you know someone who is in need, or if you would like to schedule a presentation in SW Ohio, please contact me, Bobbi Schickler, at 513-567-1100. And remember, always count your blessings and do what brings you joy!