The words from John Lennon’s song “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” has always resonated with me but recently it consumed me.
My husband and I had just finished the last module of Ray Higdon’s The Power Mind course (yes it is my affiliate link). The course is all about creating the life of your dreams. Law of Attraction type ideas and excellent content. So I had been redoing affirmations, vision boards and redesigning my Daily Method of Operation.
So I was pumped up to have a very productive December and then the call came from my brother. My Dad was going into permanent care and my Mom was in Intensive Care Unit. My parents live on the other side of Australia from me (like LA to NY).
My parents are in their mid eighties. Dad had a stroke 7 years ago and as a result he cannot care for himself. My mother has been insistent he could not go into care and she would look after him but it has taken it’s toll on her. She has become run down, very frail and had a fall. She broke her hip had surgery and then had heart failure. So not good!
I managed to get a flight over to Perth where they live and spent almost a week over there.
My Dad is okay he is in a nice place and being cared for well. Mom is out of ICU but still a long way from recovered. It was heart wrenching to leave her to come back home.
What do you do when Life Happens? – or Sh*t happens? When it involves your family especially I think most people would be like me and attend to the family crisis and work gets left behind.
Lessons I learned from this episode of Life Happening
Things like this happen to all of us at times through our life. What it made me really reflect on most was the absolute importance of passive income. My husband and I have some but not enough to live on. This event made me vow to get our passive income up to what we want it to be fast. That was my first lesson from this event.
Life Happens – “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”
The week I had in Perth was such a reflective time for me. My Dad is in care right opposite where I went to University. It seems like yesterday I was there planning my life ahead. My parents were young and vibrant then and I thought they would last forever. Of course I know no one does live forever but I had that sort of Peter Pan belief happening.
So lesson and vow number two for me was around this. Life does not last forever, we never know when we are going to lose someone we love or when our health will fail us or our loved ones. Seize the moment, live every day as if there are no tomorrows. That is how I intend to live the rest of my days. This is not a dress rehearsal, it is life for real.
This was their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married very young and have had a wonderful life together. Up until this last year even though Dad had had the stroke they were doing pretty well still living in the house I grew up in.
We were in a Stretch Limousine here on our way to a lunch with some of their friends and family. They new about the lunch but the limo was a surprise.
Let me ask it again What do you do when Life Happens? Please share some of the times you have had life exert itself and what vows have your made or lessons have your learned? There are always lessons for us in all things.
Do you have sufficient passive income to allow you to have time off to be with loved ones? If not join me in 2013 and make it the year to build your passive income so where you can do that. To me then I will have true freedom.
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