We Break for Winter: Where Will the Lift Drop You?


We Break for Winter: Where Will the Lift Drop You?

ski-lift-237597_640It’s March, it's still winter and we need a break. Beginning today for five days we're taking a winter break.  During our seasonal breaks, we take time to reflect on what’s going well in your caregiving role and what needs tweaking.

We’re also making our celebration a chance for you to winautographed copies of my books, The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey and After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again. For a chance to win, just post an answer to each day’s We Break for Winter! question.

So, here’s our question for today. A ski lift, if you think about about it, is quite a handy device. You wait in a specified spot, it comes up behind you, picks you up, and delivers you to your destination. To catch the ride, you just need to be in the right place.

Consider where you are today. Do you feel like you’re standing in a place of Despair? Frustration? Resentment? Loneliness? Worry? Work?

Now, think about where you’d like to be. Would you like to be transported to Peace? Acceptance? Love? Compassion? Hope? Support? Forgiveness? Play?

For me, today, I would like to be transported from a place of doubt to a place of complete faith. And, when I reach my destination of complete faith, I will take the next big risk (i.e., ski the bigger hill).

In our comments section, please share where the ski lift picks you up and then where it delivers you. Be sure to tell us what you’ll do when you reach your new destination. I'll choose a winner to receive autographed copies of my books, The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey and After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again.

(Note: Our ski lift exercise can become a helpful visualization for you. When you’re feeling stuck in an emotion you don’t want, visualize the ski lift coming to get you and dropping you in a better spot. When you reach your destination, enjoy how it feels to be there.)

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I would like the proverbial ski lift to transport me from this place of fear -- fear that my husband's cancer is going to progress, fear that he will die, fear that I'm not going to be able to keep us afloat financially for much longer, fear that I won't have the means to care for our pets, fear that we'll run out of oil before my next paycheck, fear that I'll have a complete breakdown and be unable to function. It feels like I'm afraid most of the time. I would like to be transported to a place where there is a box into which I can put my fear and slam the lid shut. This way the small beautiful moments of living in the moment would not be overshadowed. That's another fear I have -- that my husband will die and I'll bitterly regret that I didn't fully enjoy the time I had left with him. \r\n\r\nWhere is this ski lift and how do I get on it?


We Break for Winter- Where Will the Lift Drop You?\r\nA Ski Lift will lift me frro being Anxious and Overwhelmed to Peace, Love and Compassion.\r\n Most of my life really is not about being Anxious and Overwhelmed. I face situations with no clear idea of what I'm getting myself into. I find that I am overwhelmed. The difficult moments aren't really overwhelming after all. I really do not need to face these things alone, I have God who understands and offers perfect peace and rest. I stop to realize that remembering the Bible Verse, Philippians 4:6 \"Be anxious for nothing, but let your requests be made known to God\" really helps me. God lets things happen to me and around me to show me opportunities. Opportunities to have a heart of Love and Compassion to help others. I help those whom I care about, and whom I Love.


The lift has taken me from a place of counting failures to a place of appreciating successes. Instead of saying, \"Today we fought over taking a bath, we fought over the pills, we fought over dressing\", I will try to say, \"Today we made it thru bathing and didn't have a melt-down! We got 4 out of 5 pills swallowed! \"

Lillie Fuller

In my journey today I would love to be picked up here, where I am, in ill-health. Ill health consists of diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroid disease and depression. These are the illnesses I am medicated for, these are the things that hinder how I care for my mother. I would love my journey to end at a place where I am healthy, I am able to get out and walk, to go to the gym, to care for my inner self.