Dec. 2, 2020

I am almost done with a jigsaw puzzle that has over 1,000 pieces. I can’t wait to see the finished product after the hard work that has gone into turning pieces this way and that way to match colors, edges, and patterns. Although the puzzle was new when I received it, I pray silently that there is not a piece missing.  You see, we all like it when things come together as they should – when everything is in its place.  

But what about when things aren’t? What about when there’s no answer for why someone is sick; and if the sickness is prolonged or terminal, we may even question why we have to be the one to shift our schedules and our lives to be a caregiver. My former pastor would always challenge the “Why me?” question with “Why not me?”  It may be time to walk away from the puzzlement and the questioning of it all and just accept things as they are so that you can enjoy the journey. 

🙋Your Turn – What are the questions I can walk away from to give myself greater peace of mind?

Published by Ardella

My mother’s experience through Alzheimer’s was nearly a 5-year journey. During that time, I learned how to be a caregiver along with other family members and friends. During that time I kept a journal which I later turned into the book, Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. This blog will draw on some of that content along with my experiences with other caregivers and will hopefully offer support and encouragement to those who find themselves walking in the same shoes.


  1. Ardella, what a great post. The question I should walk away from is ‘What’s next for me?’ It robs me of my now and creates anxiety.


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