Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

“Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other.” Steven R. Covey

Balance in life

Last week was very busy for me. My children were hit hard with the flu. One was already dealing with a painful ankle injury and was told she had to miss a major Tae Kwon Do tournament she’d been excited about. Then an unexpected interview was scheduled. This all happened in one day. It took a while for me to get my breath and keep from feeling as though I was hopelessly chasing everything – trying to catch up.

I wrote my last post with the intention to follow up the next day. While I did not get this done as quickly as anticipated, the timing of the quotes could not have been better delivered. On Wednesday, I woke up to the sound of my daughter getting sick. She is on crutches and unable to place weight on the injured foot. I helped her hop to the bathroom as quick as possible. That event led to a 1 AM hair wash. Then my other daughter started getting sick right before the sun was coming up. School was definitely not a possibility, so I spent the day with them at home taking care of their needs and enjoying the time of just being with them. Teen years are finding their way into our home. We rarely have time of just being quiet and enjoying each other’s company.

In the late afternoon, I frantically began searching for pictures in preparation for an interview with “People” magazine in South Africa. The writer was kind and gentle in her line of questions. My family was quiet and patient as I did my best to raise awareness for young stroke patients and prosopagnosia. I am hopeful with this telephone interview I provided, the conversation will be helpful in offering education and hope to others who one day may experience these life-altering conditions.

I was emotionally and physically drained by the time I was able to go to bed. I slept for a second night on the floor next to my daughter’s bed. She said I was “like a Super Mom” because of how quickly I could wake up and help when she was ill.

A caretaker, a cook, a chauffeur, a Mom, an advocate whose voice is being shared around the world…. Sometimes I am excited by everything I am accomplishing. Sometimes I am exhausted from all of the roles I play. Regardless, I love the life I have created. The balance of everything I can accomplish provides gratitude for how far I have come and offers hope for what tomorrow will bring.


“Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being.” Orison Swett Marden


Comments on: "Balance in My Life" (4)

  1. So sorry your sweet daughters are not feeling well and I hope that flu gets going as quick as it made its appearance. All we do is well worth it, it is tiring and hard sometimes but well worth it all. Thank you for you comment on my blog. Hugs

  2. Maybe you didn’t realize how prophetic “Finding Strength to Stand Again” was going to be — and on how many fronts!
    But you do it. And gallantly too. Hats off —

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