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Accept the New Normal


Our lives are constantly in flux, and that isn’t easy for most of us. The earth, technology, our families, as well as our bodies and minds age and change, and we must adapt to these new normals.

If we get stuck in mourning the loss of how things were, we become bitter and depressed. Striving to remain in the present is key to appreciating what is happening at the moment and enjoying the gift of life.

Following is an excerpt from my book, “Inspired Caregiving. Weekly Morale Builders,” that contemplates change.

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Accept the New Normal


Photo: Chameleon, Maui, Hawaii


Prayer The world keeps changing; but God, you never change. You are my everlasting constant source of love, support, and guidance.


Thought Change is inevitable, especially when dealing with a progressive illness. The challenge is adapting to and learning how to deal with those changes. Try to remain in the present, deal with the most immediate needs first, and don’t worry about what might not ever happen. Mourning the loss of a wonderful past is natural and healthy, but we also need to find happiness in what remains.


Affirmation I accept the waves of change and give thanks for what I had, as well as what I have at this time.


Stretch With a dish towel in your left hand, put it over your left shoulder and behind your back. With your right hand, reach up your back, grasp the dish towel, and hold on to it. Breathe in and out slowly for five counts.


Switch your hands by reaching your right hand with the dish towel over your right shoulder and behind your back. Reach up your back with your left hand, grasp the dish towel, and hold on to it. Breathe in and out slowly for five counts.


Activity Think about the joys in your life at this moment in time. Focus on them as one day those blessings too may be gone.


Quote “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein


Smile “Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.” George Carlin

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Photo of a chameleon by Mary K. Doyle

Care for yourself so you're able to care for others.

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