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A Lesson in Resilience While Finding Clarity from Unexpected Sources


Life’s rhythm often consists of managing responsibilities and preparing for what's next. For me, it was working on my upcoming book, crafting a new card product, and ensuring client satisfaction, all while getting ready to send my youngest son off to college. The hours were long, the tasks demanding, and my breaths, unfortunately, far too short.


The Challenge of Caregiving


Then, the unexpected happened: a phone call about my mother’s sudden hospitalization for heart issues. She was not only a pivotal part of our family but also the primary caregiver for my 97-year-old grandmother. This meant that suddenly, my responsibilities doubled. I had to drop everything and go—ensuring the well-being of both my mother and grandmother.


Taking care of Grandma proved to be a humbling venture into the unknown. Alongside my sister Barb, I ventured into this new challenge with a mixture of anxiety and determination. We navigated our way through meals that revisited us and showering attempts that would fit better in a comedy sketch than in real life. It was like starring in an episode of "Lucy and Ethel Take Care of Grandma."


Moments of Insight


In the midst of our caregiving chaos, a remarkable moment of clarity emerged. As we settled down from another eventful round of cleaning and redressing Grandma, Barb decided to engage her with some coloring. She handed Grandma an adult coloring book, and as we let her pick the colors, she paused—a rare moment of focus overtaking her. She pointed to a phrase on the page and read aloud, “Remember to take a deep breath.”

Her gaze met our surprised faces, and she smiled. It was as if all the chaos paused, and her words resonated deeply, reminding us of the power of simple wisdom amidst turmoil.


Lessons in Resilience


This experience was a stark reminder that sometimes, the clarity we seek in life comes from the most unexpected sources. Grandma’s spontaneous recitation became a profound lesson on resilience and the importance of maintaining composure in the face of adversity. Her words, simple yet powerful, reminded us that even in uncertainty, clarity can still be found. It’s about finding moments of peace and insight, however fleeting, and letting them guide us through the challenges.


As you navigate your own complexities, remember that lessons can come from anywhere—often from where you least expect them. Harness the power of these snippets of wisdom, for they can offer significant insights into handling life's unpredictable waves. When there seems to be no guidebook on how to proceed, just breathe and plunge forward, armed with the unexpected lessons that life imparts.


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(Update: Mom’s doing well. And Grandma’s already forgotten we were ever there. But we’ll cherish the memory forever.)

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