Kathy just called me to let me know that after spending 3 1/2 weeks at the hospital caring for her mom, including 2 weeks in ICU, she's in the ambulance, accompanying her mom to a rehabilitation facility near her home.
And so begins the next part of our family's journey, a journey very different than what we would have planned or even thought of.
For the past several week's, I've had to revise my priorities and commitments on a daily basis - family, clients, school, product development, and so on. Today, after helping a client, I decided that the most strategic thing I could do to help my younger children get through the day was to eat pudding with them and play with green Playdough. (Playdough pumpers sure have changed a lot since I was a kid- more options to choose from.)
It's starting to sink in that our family has a very long road ahead of us and we have just begun the journey. That realization is causing me to look differently at the projects and actions on my list. It's time to sit down and look at the big picture again. I've been dealing with the runway level so intently that I need to look up and think about higher elevations. It's time to plan.
I plan to look very differently at how I spend my time. I know that I will have less discretionary time, so I'll have to choose the things that I do more carefully. In a strange way, despite the limitations, I'm actually looking forward to this. It's an opportunity for me to re-evaluate my systems and procedures - both analog and digital - and decide what really works and what does not. I do this with clients often, but I don't do it for myself as often as I'd like.
I plan to continue to blog; it's a great outlet for me and it's allowed me to meet many new friends as a result. I'll share what I learn along the way.