Maybe you've agreed to watch them during a coming school break, or maybe you're simply in the mood for extra-special quality time together. Either way, you find yourself thinking about taking a vacation with your grandkids -- without their parents (you know, your own kids?) -- and suddenly your next thought is, Can I handle that?
We miss so much of our lives everyday simply because we are not present. We carry on like robots without noticing how each event makes us feel or helps us grow. For the last week I have taken a bath with a book and glass of wine every night after my kids go to bed. It has allowed me to slow down and reflect on the day, which is something I never did before.
A few years ago, I hit the wall. After 34 years of what looked like a picture-perfect "Ozzie and Harriet" marriage, I ran into a stormy, turbulent and unexpected divorce. Game over. How in the world do I navigate now? I stuck Post-it notes all over the house with the words of my brilliant, wise gurus. I listened non-stop to CDs about happiness. Nothing was working.