Several of my friends have recently taken over some responsibility for their parents. For some, the need to help came on quickly due to illness. For others, it has been a slow build that suddenly hit the tipping point. Regardless of what stage everyone is at, it’s a time of mixed emotions, frustrations and more questions than answers.
When I was in the thick of getting my dad settled in assisted living and figuring out piles of paperwork after my mother passed away, I was totally overwhelmed to put it kindly. Just when I needed it most, I stumbled upon this song, “What You Do With What You’ve Got” performed at a TED (Technology, Education, Design) conference. The chorus somehow plays on a continual loop in my head when I feel overwhelmed, underappreciated and at my wits’ end. The lyrics assure me that I’m doing the best I can and what I’m doing is important so keep going.
I hope this song can be a source of inspiration to all my dear friends. And, I’d love to hear what theme song pulls you through the tough times.