Life has this fascinating way of throwing us curveballs, doesn't it? One of my personal journeys involves my amazing 92-year-old mother who's gracefully navigating through the intricate web of dementia. Now, this is a journey that could easily be overshadowed by frustration and confusion. But I've chosen a different path—one paved with love, fulfillment, and a whole lot of fun.
Dementia, as it progresses, might seem like a challenge that could throw me off balance. It could lead me down the rabbit hole of "this shouldn't be happening" and "why is life unfair?" But here's the beautiful unmessablewith twist—I've chosen to step into every moment with my mother from a place of love and right now-ness.
Yes, her questions might loop around repetitively, playing the same tune twelve times in one conversation. And yes, it could be tempting to respond with impatience or frustration. But instead, I've decided to be fully present. In each moment, I'm answering her question with the same right now-ness as if it were the first time she asked.
Here's the magic: when I choose to be present, to be in that space of love and presence, there's no room for dis-ease. There's no frustration; there's no inner conflict. It's as if the challenges dissolve in the warmth of love and the light of presence and joy. Really.
What if we could start approaching situations—be they joyful or challenging—with a heart filled with love and right now-ness. It's about showing up in the now, in the present moment, and embracing it for what it is vs being annoyed or frustrated by default.
It's something to practice as we are navigating the holidays, and really every day.
Right Now = Present
Present = Gift
Do the math, Right Now is a Gift...see if you can practice relating to it as such.
In the wise words of my mother, known to most as MIMI, DO IT NOW!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.