stopIt seemed like yesterday when you felt like you would burst with excitement about the possibilities for your day, for your tomorrow, for your life. You looked onto an open road, a clear path. Life seemed limitless and full of dreams.

And, now, well, the bubble burst; it’s all you can do not to burst into tears. The open road, that clear path, now looks cluttered with too many fallen tree limbs, trapped by stop sign after stop sign and isolated because of rest stops too few and far between.

What to do?

Take out a good map and find your new path. Bypass what’s broken, what keeps you from moving forward and what gets in the way of your breaks.

That open road, that clear path you once gazed upon, may be a part of your past. But a new path, albeit with some bumps and potholes, exists for you. And, its imperfections will ensure you enjoy those precious moments when you can coast on the open road.

Your new path holds another dream, a new vision for what can be, that will provide you the burst of energy you deserve. You can find your new way; you can drive along another path that will bring you to your new sunrise.

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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.

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