Celebrate the Smallest of Feats
One day my mother emerged from the bathroom, and was launching congratulatory fist pumps in the air. She felt accomplished because she wore her shirt correctly. A simple, thoughtless task that was her feather in the cap. Too often we get lost seeking grandiosity, and we find faults with our life. We belittle our seemingly-negligible progress. We ought to give ourselves a pat on the back every single day.
The Gift to be able to Forget
Forgive and forget. Let bygones be bygones. These are life lessons inculcated in us from young, but we hardly keep to them. We hold onto grudges, almost needlessly. Even when her nerves are frayed, my mother forgets all our pettiness, our flare-ups all in but five minutes. It’s like nothing had happened. If only we could all have the same reset button!
Savour the Memories
Dementia patients may not remember new encounters, but they sure love digging up the past. As we take on life at full throttle, we tend to lose sight of what’s important to us, of what used to be our anchors. Where did that little girl who aspired to “see and save the world” go? She’s crunching numbers, day in, day out. Is your life in the doldrums? Reconnect with your past to recharge for your future.