What Seed Can You Plant for Your Future?

planting_seeds-256x300It can seem, because of caregiving, that your future is on hold. Certainly, some aspects must wait.

The waiting provides the opportunity.

So, today, what seed can you plant which will bloom in your future? For instance, can you research a trip? Begin a business plan? Start an exercise program? Take a online class? Make online connections that can help with a career change?

It may seem like it’s on hold, but really it’s waiting. It’s also in need of your tending today. Your future needs you to be both healthy and prepared.

So, what seed will you plant today for your future?

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

7 thoughts on “What Seed Can You Plant for Your Future?

  1. Avatar of RichardRichard

    Denise, My plans for today are two fold, first is to sign up for the next Sacramento Animal Shelter’s Volunteer Orientation so that I can stop in and photograph the animals to be posted on not only their adoption website, but that of several rescue operation in California. The second is, I will be renewing/updating my information on several site I use to obtain jobs for my Notary Public business, it hard to believe it already going on a year since i obtained my license. What will you be doing? Please let us know.

    • Avatar of DeniseDenise Post author

      Hi–I’m spending some today with the future–my niece and nephews. My younger sister has triplets (two boys and a girl) who just turned 14. They are on spring break this week so I’m going to their house for the afternoon. We’ll have lunch and a meeting; I’m their sponsor for their upcoming Confirmation. We’ve been meeting roughly monthly for the past four months for what’s called “faith sharing.” We talk about faith and how it applies to our daily life.

      So, I guess I’m planting a few seeds today. :)

      • Avatar of JaneJane

        Your sister deserves a metal…. three teenagers…. YIKES!!! I would be in a rubber room :)

        It is spring break for the school kids here too… but not Nicole because she is too far behind.


  2. Avatar of JaneJane

    I think planting awareness for a disease that nobody hears about but is devastating for those patients and their caregivers.

    I also want to plant a seed with my advocacy,discipline, and thoroughness with Nicole’s medical issues (which is still a work in progress) so when the time comes for Nicole to take over her advocacy and her healthcare she will be prepared to do so and will know what to do.

    I also believe that creating awareness is helping somebody get a diagnosis that they haven’t yet received or may not know they even have.

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole 18 yo
    VSD: Ventricular septal defect
    PFO: Patent foramen ovale
    ES: Eisenmengers syndrome
    PAH: Pulmonary arterial hypertension
    BHJS: benign hypermobility joint syndrome
    GAD/OCD: generalized anxiety disorder/obsessive compulsive disorder
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

  3. Avatar of PegiPegi

    I think it’s time my husband and I both to plant a seed for acceptance. Although he has spent over a decade learning to live with what feels like a plethera of ailments; this is the hardest. Realistically, nearing the year mark of his spinal cord surgery to remove a syrinx (syringmyelia), it’s very unlikely he will ever walk or stand again. We will need to continue to make permanent changes in our home, and learn how to live a “normal” life that does include a wheelchair.

    Also, to make others more aware of this disease. Had he not been a diabetic or had vascular disease, the doctors may have not been so quick to pass it off as periperhal neuroparty. Perhaps an earlier diagnosis (two years after onset) would have saved some mobility. I may be able to save someone else this life changing heartache.

  4. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    I’ve been planting the seeds of quietude and contemplation.

    We are currently in a place where it seems I can do only so much and my main role is as my partner’s support. I’ve been in retreat in my own life, which feels right at this time, and have been reading, journal-writing, and communing with nature when I can. I believe I am planting the seeds of being more grounded.

  5. Avatar of ChrisChris

    “It can seem, because of Caregiving, that your future is on hold.” When I read that first line in your post Denise, I about fell out of the chair. While I have no regrets in my decision to take on the Caregiving role with Fr. Orlando, I had NO idea how that experience would put my future on hold. It has taken me SEVEN years to feel comfortable about writing about my Caregiving experience with him, but through the encouragement of people like yourself, EJ, Trish, Richard and of course, TLO I have started to plant the seed of healing from that experience by writing about it. It is through writing, that I leave the past and gain the future. So the seed I am planting right now with my writing of Fr. Orlando will allow me to get my future back!


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