Month: March 2018

Lifting others

Allow your words to “lift” all you meet today.


Regardless of our ages, it is truly a blessing to be able to share words that lift rather than beat down others.  It’s my belief, as well, that those with advancing dementia/Alzheimer’s deserve even more words that “lift” them up as they deal with uncertainty, loss of the familiar and more importantly feel more isolated as time moves on.

We are truly blessed that this comes so easy with Mom and her gentle spirit.  Her smile and the twinkle in her eye are still an every day gift she presents to us even on the worst of days.   Every night we are gifted in sharing an exchange of ‘Thank you’s”  and a sweet gentle reminder of how precious our relationship is.  Love, joy and good outweigh any negative the day has held and I’m ever grateful that we have more good days than bad every week, and that the bad are just specks in the whole of the day.

Sure, we do have bad days, but  who doesn’t?  Upon reflection, even during a day filled with transitions into another phase or stage of living, those are truly nano-seconds of time when we see that there was far more time spent enjoying each other’s company and experiencing new life lessons and how to navigate those waters in better ways positively.

I hope today will be a gift and blessing for you.  It already is for us.

kindness matters

Kindness Matters! It can warm any winter day!


Light up your day and theirs with a smile, a conversation, a movie, a song…. awaken their spirit with things they are familiar with.  We’ve been enjoying a change of pace the last few days.  Mom has had a renewed interest in music, and her love of classical music and show tunes is so apparent as the twinkle in her eyes and the smiles are definitely more frequent.  She taps her toes and keeps a beat with her hand on her knee.  Occasionally, we’ll hear her humming along or even singing the words to the song.  That’s definitely a bit of sunshine on a very wintry day.