I’m not sure what triggered my minor depression, irritability, and agitation this week. Maybe it was the $1200 car bill. Maybe it was when my guitar fell off its stand and the top where the strings attached broke off!. Maybe it was one more day visiting Nursing homes and thinking about people who are dying. Maybe it was noticing once again that time is flying by. How did it get to be August 2013? Another year is more than half through, and so is my life!
You get the picture!
Thank God, I finally snapped out of it. I worked on my gratitude list. I have a loving wife. Our finances are good. We have a great home. We both have jobs we like. My knee surgery was a great success and I enjoy exercising again. Actually the list is very long! So I’ve made a decision once again to “take one day at a time,” because it’s all we ever have. These are in fact “the good old days.”
When it comes to Hospice care it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the negative and the depressing. If I get concerned that I may only have 20 or 30 years left just think how it can be when there are only 20 or 30 days or hours left! The trouble is that when we focus on the negative it just gets worse. How much better it is to be thankful for each moment and savor each day. It helps us have more fond memories and fewer regrets.
So, if like me, from time to time, you get caught up in the negative, do all you can to shift your focus and your attitude to gratitude and enjoy the present.