I know I sometimes tend to focus too much on the” Big Picture” rather than appreciating the smaller accomplishments of every -day life. The larger picture is definitely important, don’t get me wrong, but if we properly appreciated the things we do accomplish in the course of a day, I think we would be happily surprised. Simple things like safely driving my loved one to an appointment or taking the dog for a walk or just having created a nice meal for someone special in your life. There are probably many different examples in your own life. These are all great accomplishment just in and of themselves. Add these things up, in the course of a day, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it.
In my own life, I work as a compassionate caregiver, I get to see many different families who are caring for loved ones, at home. Most of the loved ones have had distinguished careers. Most, also, cannot physically do what they did at an earlier age. Some take it in stride with a positive attitude and some fight it. That’s why I think it’s so important to acknowledge the smaller things that you can do. Even if someone is limited in what they used to be able do, it doesn’t mean that they have to give up on appreciating what they can do. It’s our job as caregivers of loved ones to help them appreciate these smaller things of every-day life.
In my own life, I am the advocate/ mentor for a family of 4 brothers, the Sanchez family (see “Other People’s Lives” earlier blog for more details). I take notice of small accomplishments in each of boy’s lives. In some cases, small accomplishments are all there is. Why not make an effort to acknowledge these accomplishments and allow them to feel good about themselves? It’s worth a shot, right?
When I’m nice to myself, I also notice what I have accomplished in the course of the day. And you know what, I feel very blessed.
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