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The Power Of A Word

In different seasons of my life, I’ve heard a certain word come to my mind. This word usually winds up being like a guiding force during that particular time. This season, the word focus came to me. As I contemplated this word, it began to speak to me. This is a busy time in my life. I have professional goals that I am working toward. I have passion in my heart, ideas in my head and the energy to move forward. It would seem easy to keep focusing on them. Especially since I feel clear on what needs to be done. The test of that focus comes from my being in the category of a Baby Boomer which comes with it’s own challenges. As a Baby Boomer, your parents may have now reached an age where they need more attention from you. You may have to accompany them to their doctor’s appointments, as well as whatever other help and care they may need. It takes focus to be able to keep your own goals in sight as you add this to your plate. You also have to learn the balance between doing everything for them and letting them still do as much as they are able. And, if that weren’t enough, there is a major emotional adjustment, which arises from seeing the changes your parents are experiencing. It too requires focus to not be thrown by the realization that someday, this could be you. For those Baby Boomers who now have adult children (possibly with children of their own), it’s important to not let the busyness of life rob you of enjoying time with each other. Focus on the importance of these relationships and carve out time for the people that mean the most to you. Life goes by too quickly to not spend time with the people you love. Add on some more incidentals like caring for your own physical health and well-being. More than likely, you aren’t able to eat the same way you used to. Now it’s time to focus on eating healthy and making better choices. This takes time and attention to actually be successful. Don’t forget to get some exercise too! (If you’ve been doing this all along, kudos to you, you’re ahead of the game.) As I write, I’m reminded of the words from a song by John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans.” If you too are in a season where you have plans and goals in front of you, and a lot of life is happening to you, I will gladly share my word with you. Focus on that which is truly important in your life. Plan well and ask for help when you need it. Self-care is crucial. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you need some extra rest. All the pulling in different directions can be very draining, both mentally and physically. Be flexible. You may find yourself having to juggle and rearrange your schedule often. Also remind yourself to keep your Focus on your particular lane only. You are not in competition with anyone. What is meant for you will come to you, if you stay diligent. Refuse to be thrown off track or discouraged by the Millennial’s and Generation Z’s (younger generation) moving past you at lightning speed. With all your life experience, you have to know by now, that all good things happen in their proper time. It’s slow and steady that wins the race. Don’t lose sight of your goal!   Focus!!! 

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