Remember those awkward conversations with your parents about "the birds and the bees"? Back in the days when you felt cornered by your parents who nervously attempted to discuss the uncomfortable topic of sex, babies and body parts during that equally awkward stage of pre-pubescent adolescence?
AARP picked up an amazing "TED talk" about planning for the end of life and immediately posted it on their website.
I want to introduce you to an amazing person and her story. Her name is Candy Chang and she has started a movement that will make you pause and reflect about what you want to do before you die.
Do you ever listen and watch the wonderful TED talks? TED talks are about presenting ideas that are worth spreading. Download the TED talk app and jump right in. I get one emailed to me daily. You won't regret it.
Did you know that April is Parkinson's awareness month? Well, now you do. Do you know anyone that currently has Parkinson's disease, besides Michael J. Fox? Do you know someone who has passed away from Parkinson's? I do.
Carpe Diem is a phrase uttered many times by both my parents for many years. It is also one repeated in our home and is inscribed in my wedding band. Aptly, it is the inscription we chose to engrave on the gravestone that marks our family burial plot in our town's cemetery, boldly marking the sunny spot where both of my in-laws are now buried.
What does filipendulous mean?
I know; I had never heard that word before in my life, until I stumbled across it in an article about planning for the end of life.
Filipendulous means "hanging by a thread".
I have 3 safe stories to share with you.
I read a Berenstain Bears book to my children titled "The Berenstain Bears Get a Case of the Gimmies". I often think about that book when I hear real life stories about what happens in families when it's time to distribute the "goods" after a loved one dies. A case of the greedy gimmies isn't pretty. Possessions can bring out the worst in people.
Don't be one of those greedy people!
Thanksgiving is a special holiday. Besides the great joy derived from gathering family members together for a scrumptious feast, channel surfing between football games and the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on TV, and, in our family, many rounds of competitive ping-pong matches, it is a time to reflect upon being grateful for each other and for giving to others who may be less fortunate.
Have you ever thrown a family reunion at the very last minute with no advance planning for details including where your reunion will be located, where you will house all of your incoming family members, how you will provide transporation to and from the airport at all hours of the day and night, what kind of food and how many meals to plan on, what the appropriate attire should be, and what the other forms of entertainment for the weekend will be?