Unbelievably, we’ve reached the last day of March.
For many corporations, it’s already the close of Quarter One. In my business, today marks year-end. Either way, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the past 90 days.
Though spring has officially sprung on the calendar, it’s not much in evidence via Toronto’s temperatures or post-winter look. The ground is generally barren. Filthy snow piles remain mounded high at local malls since February’s bitter cold.
I suspect if we could discern the microscopic chilled water droplets within, they’d appear about as murky as this post’s image. That got me thinking about three questions concerning how your eldercare has gone over these three months.
What’s happening on the Hair-Yanking Front?
Remember “way back” to January? No, I don’t even remember yesterday, Carol-Ann! OK, I “get” it J Jokes aside, you learned the power of intentions over New Year’s Resolutions. I encouraged you to carefully consider the motives behind your eldercare actions. For best success, they ought to be want-based over should-oriented. How are you doing in making 2015 your year to transform your parental relationship?
Where Are You Showing Heart-Energy?
Around Valentine’s Day, I essentially offered “permission” not to choose the gushiest card on the stand if that’s not how you really feel about your folks. At the same time, you may have been struck by the heart’s potency at five thousand times stronger than the brain’s electro-magnetic field. The inquiry here is whether you located even one source of gratitude you can offer, despite your challenging circumstances.
Are you embodying Year of the Sheep?
At Chinese New Year, we recognized the sheep’s best qualities – gentle, polite, harmonious, clever and wise. As we strive for peace and unity through to February 7, 2016, we are equally urged to avoid the ram’s downsides – indecision, timidity, moodiness and pessimism. I gently probed about important conversations to promote calm or closure. Also, have you persisted to “work smart not hard” in dealing with aging relatives?
Looking Toward Quarter Two
Think of today’s questions as Part One.
My invitation is to hold these reflections in the background of your busy schedule. Notice what arises in terms of thoughts and feelings. Be an observer.
Stay tuned as we look ahead to Quarter Two tomorrow.
As always, I’m only a phone call at (905) 822-2503 or email at email@example.com away from relief regarding stressful eldercare!