Asking “What’s the Goal?” A Guide to Sanity When Stuff Happens

Help! Aging Parents

“What’s the Goal?” 

I’ve written about how important it is to ask ourselves this question in several past posts. It’s true for caregiving. It’s true for handling problems in life. And I’m taking my own advice. Thankfully it has become second nature when things seem impossible and/or overwhelming.  Asking “What’s the Goal?” untangles some of the minutiae, helps focus, and makes the goal stand out. We then need only figure out how to attain it.

I returned home last week (after being away some months) to jury duty and the kinds of things that need to be attended to after a long absence. My initial thinking was that the piles of mostly junk mail were going to be overwhelming. But no.  The day I flew back I realized I had computer problems and made an appointment for the Genius Bar before getting on the plane. Thankfully the Apple store in…

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