Gratitude, Friendship and the Magic of Sharing
Each ornament that you are about to take off of your Christmas tree reminds you of a certain year and person. Some may bring a tear or make you smile. The season that we all enjoyed through the years brings hope and fear at the same time as the years progresses for our aging parents or grandparents.
Questions came to mind: Will I still be here next Christmas? Could I walk and talk? Where will I be? What should I have done this year?
Sometimes it is the mindset of one who lives in regret and yet some are facing the truths of aging and health issues.
Christmas time gives many reminders about friendship, relationship and our connections. When we send out cards and received cards from distant and close friends and relatives, they bring back memories of old relationships and friendships. It may be a time to renew old relationships with family and friends. Take time to forgive those who had hurt us or ask for forgiveness from those that we had intentionally or unintentionally hurt.
It could be a season where our aging parents might meet new acquaintances. Losing friends as they age is a common thing. Conversations of so-and-so are no longer here this year may remind you of the condition of your aging parent’s health and the limited time they have to spend Christmas with you.
Moments of sadness could be a new reality for you and your aging parents during this season of celebration.
Mother Teresa said, “Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”
We can have the joy of Christmas and the New Year despite moments of sadness with prayer and sharing of love with our loved ones. Take pleasure in each other’s company and enjoy the moment. The sad thing is sometimes we let the present slip away because we focus on the past or the unknown.
Here are 3 steps to enjoy every moment with your aging parents and grandparents:
1. Stop worrying about the future. If we are trapped into the past or the future and always looking forward instead of now, we will miss the moment. Take time to stay in the moment with great food, conversations and play games or create memories with photo sessions.
2. Be alert of what is needed in the present by showing gratitude and ask for forgiveness if there are misunderstandings or hurt.
3. Don’t expect perfections. There is no perfection in life. Instead of expecting everything to be perfect, let there be fun and joy when spending time with each other.
Keeping In Touch Solutions would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2012. As we move forward to a new year, let’s usher in a life of gratitude, forgiveness and love. Remember Mother Teresa’s verse on joy and Thank You for being our readers.
For more information on how we can assist you in Keeping In Touch with your aging parents, please leave us a comment or call us at 1800-664-5541. Take a moment to download our Free Report “7 Ways to provide Maximum HELP for your aging parents” at top right hand corner of this page.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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