Be Here Now
In the US, we celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday. My own mother died when I was 21, after a long terminal illness. I still miss her delectible meals, artistic talent and haunting beauty. While she ill, I was cared for by an incredible woman named Cinderella. I was so blessed to have her in my life. She gave me my love, my hugs, my values and my unconditional support. Sadly, she died a few years ago of Alzheimers. I am so grateful I got to see her before she died, and she knew who I was. Those moments meant everything.
We’re in the season of so many celebrations, weddings, graduations, birthdays.
Be sure you give a meaningful gift, one of your physical presence. Without distractions, your presence can meet more to someone than any store-bought gift.
How to Make Your Visit More Memorable
• Turn off your cell phone, beeper, and any electronics when you are with your loved one. No TV’s either.
• Make eye contact most all the time you are there. Lean in and let the person know you are truly listening. Feed back what they have said and ask them questions about it.
• Spend some meaningful time. 10 minutes is not enough. You know what is.
• Do things for this person that they can’t do themselves. Help them out with grace and dignity.
After this kind of visit, both of you will feel the love.
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