Ilze!

Ilze!




For about 4 years now Ilze has been proudly calling herself a resident of the town of Sigulda. She came to live in Sigulda thanks to her husband and a series of events in her life for which she is extremely grateful. Her life changed radically when she began her life here and accepted the town as her new home. Even now she is still discovering something new she has never seen before in the city every day. Ilze was in a wheelchair for about six months, but thanks to her great willpower and faith she can now happily say this, “It is the greatest happiness to be able to walk now, to feel my arms and legs. And to think how many people take it for granted!" The Catholic congregation of Sigulda had been and still remains her greatest source of joy, fulfilment and spiritual support in Ilze's life, dating back to her arrival in Sigulda. They have helped her in overcoming her pain, her hardships and her own unwillingness and simply her own laziness so that she could start walking again. At the congregation, Ilze performs Caritas, as well as church cleaning and other tasks.
She got acquainted with Eva, who is the head of the association Cerību spārni (Wings of Hope), at church events and congregation meetings. It was there where Eva offered Ilze a chance to collaborate. Due to health reasons it had been a long time since Ilze had done any paid work, so she was very happy to be presented with this new opportunity. She also saw an opportunity to help others with her work, because the experience of having freely given help to another can never be taken away. Part of Ilze's time is spent at the new shop location of the social enterprise Visi Var (Everyone Can) at Station Square in Sigulda. There she has the chance to chat with customers and tell them more about the handicrafts created by Visi Var and the association Cerību spārni. Ilze is also delighted to be able to learn new techniques in machine knitting.
As surprising as it may be, but the feeling of happiness came to Ilze and slowly consolidated while she was in a wheelchair. Until then life had seemed empty and formless to her. The inability to walk on your own feet does not put a halt to your life, quite the opposite, actually — you gain new friends, supporters and a different kind of spiritual potential you have never experienced before. While looking back at the events from her past, Ilze admits, “It was necessary, just like steel being tempered”.
As part of her daily routine, Ilze tries to exercise a lot and goes on longer walks, because that is a prerequisite for achieving a sense of well-being, and moreover even when you don't want to do anything, you must force yourself because there is no life without movement!
Her dream job was to work in a hospital as a nursing assistant or any other work related to it, but, unfortunately, at least currently she cannot fulfil this dream due to health problems. Her hobby is cross-stitching. She is proud of her husband and two wonderful daughters. Once a month and definitely once in August during the pilgrimage period the family visits Aglona. Her favourite season is the tender spring when everything in nature awakens, and she considers the opportunity to help people and do good deeds as one of the most important things in her life. And to her nothing in life is accidental; everything that happens does so for a reason.
22.09.2020

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