Who else can relate to this?
This photo won’t make you smile, but the story behind it will.
I snapped this photo while walking at my client’s house; she lives on a large ranch with her family and suffers from dementia.
I spent the day switching shifts with her husband and daughter-in-law to ensure *Marcia was well taken care of (and because our well-being, as caregivers, is just as important.
On my break, I took my coffee-filled thermos through the oversized front door and grabbed some much-needed fresh air around the ranch’s perimeter.
This particular afternoon, I walked over the bridge, hiked through the woods, and jumped across a narrow stream to the other side to find this poetic, beaten-down tree waiting for me to write a story about it.
I immediately felt empathy for this precious deadwood because I, too, am familiar with lying lifeless on the ground where robust, deep roots once grew.
But you know what they say:
“Life is neither a glorious highlight reel nor a monstrous tragedy. Everyday is a good day to live and a good day to die. Every day is also an apt time to learn and express joy and love for the entire natural world. Each day is apt time to make contact with other people and express empathy for the entire world. Each day is perfect to accept with indifference all aspects of being.” — Kilroy J. Oldster
I’m grateful for a job where I can care for and connect with sweet humans and their kind-hearted families; I am thankful for the good, bad, beautiful, and fallen snapshots of life.
I hope that quote made you smile today.
P.s. — Don’t waste any more time taking life for granted.
*name changed to protect my client.
Thank you for reading. Love on ya! ❤
This post was previously published on MEDIUM.COM.
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