Memories, Meanings, and Lessons for Life

Written by Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE

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What arerepparttar odds that my 86 year-old Florida-based mother would fall while visiting her baby sister? What arerepparttar 123930 odds that there would be room downrepparttar 123931 hill in St. Anne’s Home forrepparttar 123932 Aged where mother could recover from a multi-fractured hip? What arerepparttar 123933 odds that each one of her children could arrange schedules to fly across country and take turns caring for her and thatrepparttar 123934 convent would find room for us? Mystery beyond mystery.

Psychologist Carl Jung would have called my mystery, “synchronicity”. This fortuitous set of circumstances- “synchronicity”-- is fraught with meaning and it is my task to figurerepparttar 123935 lessons.

Spending days between a health care setting where many will never leave due to infirmity and another home where women stay because of faith, I find these initial lessonsrepparttar 123936 most universal:

Lesson One: From breakdown comes build up. Mom is getting stronger inrepparttar 123937 weaker places of her body. She still has more life to live. We all have broken places to rebuild.

Lesson Two: Caring forrepparttar 123938 ending of life is as precious as caring forrepparttar 123939 beginning. May we learn to see its beauty.

Lesson Three: Respectful listening isrepparttar 123940 greatest gift we give each other. No other species can verbalize its experience and feelings and have it held in sacred trust.

Lesson Four: Shared memories create a bond as potent as fire. A memory can either burnish or destroy. It’s our choice.

I’ve retraced my route and crossedrepparttar 123941 Susquehanna River. I am flying home to California from Baltimore with these lessons packed in my heart. Perhaps you might find them in a corner of yours.

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Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE, is an international speaker, author and seminar leader. Her book ‘Work for A Living and Still Be Free to Live’ is also the title of one of her most popular and upbeat programs on Work/Life Balance. For more information on Eileen and her presentations, please call 949-496-8640 or visit her web site at

Look for the win, win!

Written by Josh Hinds

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Believe me, I'll berepparttar first to admit that there are plenty of people who have done very well for themselves without adhering torepparttar 123929 win, win approach. However, I wonder if one might really consider them successful? Keep in mind that success has so many facets to it. Just because someone has attained material wealth for instance does not make him or her successful nor non-successful.

It is all inrepparttar 123930 eye ofrepparttar 123931 beholder I guess you might say. For me personally, I measure my level of success by how much I can give back to others.

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