Do you remember having the “talk”? It could have been the first day of school, your first car, that first date, leaving for college, getting engaged, divorced or returning to your parents’ home.
Two of the most dreaded “talks” that come to mind for our gracefully aging population are realizing our parents are no longer able to adequately care for themselves or that we are no longer able to care for ourselves physically or financially.
Recent conversations with friends, family, clients and colleagues reveal this message in some form or fashion; the uncertain future for many #baby boomers. Do we sell our homes? Is it more beneficial to downsize? Should we move to be closer to family members or friends? How about inviting family members or trusted friends to live with us?
The talk allows us to tell our story lovingly, kindly and honestly. This discussion has little resemblance to that talk of our adolescent years when our friends were the experts. We have done the research. We are facing the realities of life. This conversation is about truth. Are we able to care for ourselves or care for our loved ones in the manner that is deserved? The talk matters and deserves our diligent attention and preparation. Are health challenges — mental or physical a part of the equation?
Remember, we are all human and need each other. It is not about mere survival, but thriving through the ages. Be sure to examine your own feelings and those of your parents as we make these major lifestyle changes and decisions. Everyone’s opinion matters and deserves to be heard. Listening, acceptance, inclusion are crucial as we make this journey.
This conversation may be the most important talk we have ever have. Make it worth your time and that of your love ones. It’s a part of our New Beginning.
Let me know how it goes.
Joy and light,
Anita Baker is an artist I have enjoyed for more than 30 years. I listened to her ballads as romantic overtures. You may be familiar with some of her top hits.
- You Bring Me Joy
- No One in The World
- Sweet Love
- You’re the Best Thing Yet
- Giving You the Best I’ve Got
However recently listening to those same lyrics, I realized they are about self love, empowerment and healing. As we spend time caring for others, we can easily lay our feelings, thoughts and emotions to the side. We forget to be the best that we have in our lives and bring joy to ourselves while we are constantly bringing that same joy to others. We teach others how to treat us. Perhaps I have evolved or really didn’t take the time to understand the real meaning of the music three decades ago.
If we believe that nothing happens until it is time for it to happen, my time to get the true meaning of those songs has come. I am happy to be able to share this with you. I suggest that during this weekend, you listen to some of those songs and determine if they resonate with you and take appropriate self-care actions.
It is time for us to practice more self love, gratitude and appreciation. The New Year is the perfect time to begin our New Beginning. Whether it is moving to an Anita Baker tune or one of your favorite artist. Go out — which is really going within and practice your Sweet Love because you are the best thing that is happening to YOU.
Wishing you the best 2017. Stay tuned for some great programs and new adventures with New Beginnings this year. Leave your comments and ideas.
Joy and light,
It’s been 13 years since we were abruptly awakened to that early morning traumatic death of my husband. There was a call for help, pain, ambulances, emergency assistance, hospital waits. And finally the physician’s voice with words that seemed foreign to my ears. It was more than shock.
My thoughts,” It’s ten days before the holiday season. Our daughter is Senior Class President, Optimist Club President, about to graduate from high school. ”
With support from family, friends and neighbors, we managed. Our daughter graduated from high school with the usual honors to which we had become accustomed. She entered and graduated college. Life goes on.
Each day is a New Beginning. We miss you. We remember you. We honor you. Thank you for the special moments, the courage, the confidence, the honesty, the LOVE.
I share this story because I know many of you are going through this holiday season without loved ones in your physical presence. Know that they are in a special place and messengers when we need them.
Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, peace, joy and continual blessings.