June 2023

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Choosing Calm Over Consternation…

As I sit in the quiet of an early morning, here in my sunroom on a day when it isn’t really sunny, I’m struck by the amazing peacefulness I find in the silence. Quiet time is, for me, an important part of my self-care. Finding times when I can be alone, enjoying a cup of coffee, maybe a good book, or a simple view of nature from my deck – those are all “gifts” that I’ve come to cherish.

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The Blessings and Bounty of Freedom!

Today’s blog will emerge on Juneteenth, and this is the first year that this day, a day we celebrate the sweet taste of freedom, will be honored as a federal holiday. Juneteenth derives its name from combining June and nineteenth, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order by Major General Gordon Granger proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865. This was a full 2.5 years AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Today, June 19th, Juneteenth, we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, and there’s something in this day for everyone, of any race or background, to celebrate!

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When it feels like life is on hold. . .

A lot of caregivers, while committed to the work of seeing a loved one through the journey of an illness, begin to feel as if their own lives are on hold. This is difficult at any age, but it can be particularly challenging for young people who find themselves eager to launch their careers and dreams but are caring for a parent or even a sibling who needs their constant supervision or support.

It is so sad to hear people talk (or admit that they think) about their lives as being postponed, put off, set aside or deferred in some way just because the demands of caregiving have limited their activities or require so much of their time. In other words, the work of caregiving has taken such precedence over other choices in life that we can begin to feel as if our OWN lives are missing in action, while we take care of someone else!

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