Tuesday, 17 April 2012

P is for Purpose


We often wonder what our purpose is and want our lives to have meaning.  I never once imagined that I would be a carer, having to make the decisions for my mums life and dealing with the responsibility.

I have always been an organised person, loving lists and order.  I love organising the lives of others and my previous job as an Executive PA addressed the need for these skills in making sure my boss was where he needed to be at the right time or the conference went smoothly.

I saw the skills transferring to my own business when I was made redundant.  What I also had to do was transfer the skills I used in all my jobs and refit them making them fit for purpose as a carer and constantly remind myself how far I have come.  As we gather new experiences to deal with the tasks at hand we are equiped with additional skills for the next challenge that will come.

What challenges have you faced and found you were able to deal with when you really got down to it?


Words so far....

A is for Alzheimer’s, B is for Behaviour, C is for Carer, D is for Dependant, E is for Enough, F is for Fear, G is for Guilt, H is for Health Professionals, I is forIdentity, J is for Judgement K is for Knowledge, L is for Love,  M is for Motherhood, N is for Neighbourhood, O is for Opportunities 

These posts are part of the A-Z Challenge taking place during the month of April.  I have been sharing about my experience as a carer to a mother with Dementia.  If you would like to know more join the Arts in Health Network and also check out my website for information on some of the work I have done with Creativity and Dementia.

9 comments :

  1. Luckily, so far, nothing really major. I am glad you are coping with your own challenges.

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  2. Fortunately I don;t have to face challenges alone. The good Lord above and my family are there for me. And thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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  3. Jo, we have to be inventive in how we deal with challenges.

    Stephen, its good not to face it alone, as much as we also need to ask for help and not carry it alone.

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  4. Hi Amanda .. it's a tough choice when we need to make decisions .. and I really have no support now - I just do what I can for my mother, knowing that some of her things are taken care of .. but not her sons' care and compassion for her ..

    Thankfully I seem to be a chip off both old blocks and am very independent .. it will work out for me ..

    I will travel with you on your path and admire your courage .. with thoughts - Hilary

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  5. It's hard moving from day to day if we don't have purpose.

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  6. My daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 7.
    Luckily she outgrew the seizures, but it was a challenge and we had to learn things.

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  7. Joy, thats true, we have to make sure that we understand what our purpose is.

    Ruth I am so glad your daughter has outgrown the seizures, you really did have some challenges in the early days, its amazing to look back and see how far you have come.

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  8. I think when we have to, we adapt. Sometimes when things get difficult, it gives us the opportunity to see how strong we can be, although it doesn't always feel that way in the moment.

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  9. Tonja, your right, it took me a while to see the past my fears for my mum and start looking at the blessings.

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