Agenda Busters

Life has a way of ignoring your plans. Your agenda for the day sits there, nicely completed, and maybe even color-coded. At the very least, it’s in your head. You know what time you are picking up whom, what time you need to leave the house, and even when you expect to be back. But then life happens.

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There are days that no matter how much you try to get back to your schedule, other things keep intervening. Like the voice on the GPS when the driver goes off course, you seem to repeatedly be saying, “Recalculating!”  You may find yourself waiting in a line you thought would be moving faster – whether it’s in the store, in traffic, or behind a train. Then there is the person you can’t get off the phone. All of these are agenda busters.

There comes a point when we may have to ditch the agenda and go with the flow of what’s happening, as long as to do so is not life-threatening. What we see as an interruption may sometimes allow us to listen to someone who needed to be heard. Or it could be an opportunity to let the agenda go and rest for a moment. After all, you are already going a mile a minute anyway. So, take the opportunity to slow down, “recalculate,” lay the agenda aside, and live in the moment.

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.

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