When an older family member needs help, many people struggle to find the time to provide assistance to their relative amidst the many other commitments crowding their lives. Often, it is hard to figure out just how much help is really necessary.
f they brighten your day, help you feel supremely good, connect you to a quiet place within, they are... not clutter. Nor an extravagance. What lifts your spirits? What helps you feel lighter and in the flow?
Feeling understood, valued and cherished -- whether as a child or an adult, and with regard to another person or to a group -- may not be a life and death matter, but it certainly affects one's happiness and effectiveness.
I've noticed more moms making appointments with me because they feel their lives are out of control -- they feel burned out. If you don't take care of yourself, it's even more of a challenge to take care of anyone else.
Gratifying our most immediate needs and desires provides bursts of pleasure, but they're usually short-lived. We derive the most enduring sense of meaning and satisfaction in our lives when we serve something larger than ourselves.