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Do you ever have one of those "Sandwich Generation – computer won't cooperate – 5th metatarsal fracture is better but irritating – caring for elderly parents who are doing better than you" blues days? 🙂 It's primarily the computer that is making me crazy, with the foot a close second. Here I am, busily researching two interesting-to-be articles for you, and I can't find the info I filed for one, can't find a password for another project, can't get my cell phone to cooperate. OYYYYYY!!! Too many "I can'ts!"
If you can relate, what do you do in the midst of all this? I know what I'm going to have to do in 10 minutes – pick up a sweet grandchild. Part of me thinks, "Nooooo, I'm not done." Another part of me thinks, "Yesssssss, it's an important priority!" And the logical part of me realizes a break will be a good thing.
In fact, I went through this same internal conversation an hour ago when my senior mom and I took a walk around the block together. We must look so cute. Her walking nicely, me in my transport wheelchair.
The best part is going down the hills. She watched in concern, while I had my hands up like on a roller coaster, going "Wheeeeee." It did put a smile on both our faces. 🙂
And as much as I begrudged the time away from working, knowing I had to leave soon to get my cute grandkiddy, when I came back from that walk refreshed, I got twice as much done in the last hour than I did in the hour before the walk. I suspect that when I come back to work after an enjoyable time with my grandchild, it will be the same.
Sometimes, the best thing we can do with our Sandwich Generation situation issues is to take a break. Even if it's still "work," just by being a different kind of work, it can give us a new perspective. It doesn't even need to be long.
When my sweet father spent his time in the hospice services program in my master bedroom and my daughter was on bedrest with the grand-twins on my living room couch, "getting away" was definitely not easy. Sometimes all I had time for was to grab a sweater, head outside and walk around the block at top speed one time, praying and praising simple Scripture prayers all the while. Then back inside. IT MADE A DIFFERENCE! A GOOD ONE! 🙂
It doesn't change your circumstances. It just can help your viewpoint. A kind of "time out."
As the nurse commented on a grandkid's field trip I recently helped with, "Taking care of yourself is vital." And this is another way to take care of yourself. What about you? Do you have any ideas to help us? We'd love to hear. 🙂 🙂 🙂
In the meantime, have a terrific rest of your Sandwich Generation – caring for elderly parents – helping with grandkids day. Here are some of my favorite short and simple Scripture prayers to use to praise Him and be encouraged by: God is thy refuge, God is mighty, God is great, God is our refuge & strength, God is our God forever!