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Wednesday
Feb012012

Noticing Change

Small and large changes happen internally and externally all the time. Sometimes we are oblivious and other times we’re acutely aware of the shifts. Sometimes we appreciate and embrace change, while other times we resent or fear it.

As I’m in an “acutely aware” period, I’m feeling particularly grateful for a slight break tonight from a tumultuous period of change. Both of my parents have been experiencing health and life challenges that deeply affect me. I have been living these changes and varied emergencies with them for months, navigating uncharted territory, and simultaneously trying to find balance and normalcy.

I sit here this evening with my hot cup of tea and feet resting comfortably on my purple velvet footstool, finding joy in writing and sipping. This familiar activity that I love grounds me. It’s a respite from the swirl of change and concern that has actively pursued me these many days.

This intensity of change has reaffirmed my belief in the importance of self-care. Getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, eating regularly and making time for fun, friends, family and self are essential.

When any of us have challenges be it health, financial, relationships or careers, it’s so easy to only focus on that. But none of us are just our challenges. We have many strengths and passions. Drawing on these, especially when life is throwing the curve balls, can make all the difference for navigating change.

What changes are you noticing? Which strengths are available to you?

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Reader Comments (2)

Linda,
I've started walking 5 miles a day now that I'm caring for my parents. The fresh air, the exercise, the sun or rain - - it's such a wonderful way to practice self-care. Its an hour and a half each morning that I treasure. It is my "break" from everything else that happens each day.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeralin Thomas

Geralin- That's brilliant. You've defined "your time." That essential time to clear your head, connect with nature, do something healthy for your mind and body. I can see why you treasure your 90 minutes. What great modeling for others around you. When you take care of yourself, you're better able to care for others.

You know the instructions on the airplanes, right? If the oxygen masks drop, you put yours on first and then help others. A great mantra for airplanes and life.

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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