Yesterday was tender. My mother has moved in with us and every day we have the unique and wonderful opportunity to serve her with her basic needs. What made yesterday different? I embraced the imbalance. Instead of worrying about work and all of the things I had to do, I chose to enjoy the precious and diminishing moments I have left with my mother. Because of the attitude of enjoying the moment, the day just fell into place. The career goals can be put on simmer, not completely off, but carved down into smaller bites.
Somehow, everything got done, and at the end of the day, instead of feeling exhausted, I felt peace.
It was a great personal lesson. Out of balance is sometimes great. Embracing the tender, personal moments with those we love trumps the ‘have to’ list. Those things will eventually get done and for right now I can cherish this special time with my mom.
So maybe my perception of balance has been wrong all along. Maybe this is how it should be.