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Sunday, November 10, 2019

About three times a week, I visit my mom who is in a loving Skilled Nursing Facility. She has resided there for almost 3 years. Because of certain health restrictions, she is unable to live in an assisted residence; right now her living situation works for her as well as for the family.

When I am visiting, I see patients who have told me more than once to enjoy my life now, every second of it because it goes by so darn fast. “Don’t take things for granted,” they would say; “be grateful for what you can do in your life now.”

The past three years I have been paying attention. I try to invite passion in my day, not to “sweat the small stuff” and to appreciate the fact that I am able to get up easily, walk miles and still keep an active life.

And life goes by ever so quickly.

I am a true believer that living slowly is possible at any age.

Maybe it is just getting out of your comfort zone and going to do something new. A friend of mine has signed up for a water coloring class. This is a first for her, a step out of her own comfort zone, to meet new people, and to enjoy herself.

When I visit my mom, I can’t help but wonder if some of these residents are resentful that they wish they slowed down too: smell one more rose during the end of the summer months, eating ice cream for breakfast, surrounding themselves with friends and family more, sit on their front steps and enjoy the fresh air, and just take in the days at a slower pace because before you know it.......

Most importantly, to enjoy the journey...
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    I agree. Live every day as if it were your last. Stay positive.
    32 days ago
    I can only guess that many of these people do wish they had done things differently when they could. I certainly do. Life today might be so different if I had stopped working so much and spent more time enjoying life - but I'll never really know. What I do know is that I no longer take any moment for granted. I must make time for the important things - like keeping my body moving and keeping my mind active. I, like Linda, have seen too many people just give up. I might have a rough day or two but I will never give up!
    32 days ago
    A great message, and for one who worked in a Nursing Home, I saw so many just totally give up when they were admitted. I hope I never have to go to one, but if I so , I hope I can stay as independent as possible, no matter what. I think a lot of it is how the family approaches this next step for mom or dad. If they stay positive and supportive the resident stays more active. Your mother is so luck to have such positive family beside her. Hey, how about a new pic of Lev.
    32 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
    ~Leo Buscaglia

    32 days ago
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