Perspective Provides Purpose

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

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Recently I went back to my hometown in the UK to see my mother.

Just over a year ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She has deteriorated quite quickly since. While she still knows who I am, there will come a day when she no longer can grasp simple realities.

As I spent time with her, I cherished simple conversations and made the most of asking questions that her longterm memory still allows her to recall. There were questions I had never thought to ask before, and things I knew I needed to say while we still had precious time together.

Spending time with a parent who is slowly deteriorating certainly has a way to bring things into perspective.

So, here is a question I leave you to consider: 

If you knew your time on earth was limited, what would you do differently? Why not start today? 

Phil <><



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One Response to Perspective Provides Purpose

  1. Rupert de Salis September 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Phil – very sorry to hear about your mother’s Alzheimers. I lost my father in 2010, after a couple of years of similar degenerative disease. When the time finally came that we lost him, it was as if we had been losing him slowly for the last couple of years, but it was still a shock. I know you went through the loss of your father much earlier. But the interesting thing was that when we collected memories from his friends in the church and the village, a lot of the sweetest stories were from those last couple of years. He still had a lot to teach us, even then, about being a wonderful human being. And when the end came, I really appreciated the whole process of mourning, memorial service and so on. It gave us a chance to stop and focus on one wonderful, inspiring person, and to think about what we learned from him. I pray that you will also have these blessings even in the sadness of your Mum’s situation.
    On a lighter note, we just moved to Heidelberg, Germany! I got a great job with Borg Warner, after spending 2 years getting a second master’s degree at the U of M. I am loving the job, and we are loving the place. It’s doing wonders for my German! So if you are anywhere nearby, let us know and come and stay… we have lots of room! All the best, Rupert

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