Have you ever found yourself in a hurry to get something done? You know, like trying to get out the door with an arm full of stuff only to have your purse strap or jacket get caught on the door handle. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the annoyance! Understandably, this can be frustrating to no end.
Life is busy. There is so much we want to do and need to do in the day or week or longer. There is much to be done for yourself and for your aging loved one. It’s no wonder life feels like it’s speeding by and you’re playing catch up.
Wouldn’t it be great if those frustrations and annoyances could be reduced?
While we don’t have the ability to order life to behave, we can remember to look in the mirror. We can use the following three tools that are always available to us anytime and anywhere.
Laugh. It just feels better! Just as you would laugh at a character in a movie, go ahead and laugh at the moment you are in now.
Reframe. This is the secret sauce! While laughter helps you stop and really have a look at what happened and is going on, reframing helps you find a lesson. The strap caught on the door could be your physical reminder to help you slow down and stay centered on the task at hand rather than on the future. Maybe slowing down means a safer car ride to your destination. Maybe being centered makes your visit with your loved one better and more valuable.
Surrender. Really, what else is there to do? Life is going to be what it is. You can try to fight it or you can find the flow and go with it. If you need a break to recharge your energy or to gain a fresh perspective, then do it.
So, the next time you notice frustration or annoyances creeping up, remember these three tools. See the difference and the impact this can have on you, your aging loved one, and everything that needs doing.