Mother was able to get around well then, although the steep climb up the winding steps to reach the lovely lakeside cabin we had rented for a few days was a challenge. She could still see well, as the macular degeneration had not yet begun to take its toll on her vision.
Small Simple Things of Life this morning also triggered some thoughtful reflections about those who are vulnerable. I think it captured the emotion of how frustrating and painful it can be to want to do something, and be unable to do what you wish you could, yet, doing something that is as much as you can is often enough, or at least, better than doing nothing. In my class last week, as we are moving into teaching about using groups in clinical practice, I was struck by the depth of emotion that emerged in one of the small practice groups where we were working. I shared with the students that I felt some sense of loss and lack of knowing what to do to help, and that it was painful to me. We worked on processing it, and I hope that it was helpful in some way, but the reality is that there are some burdens I cannot ease--as there are for all of us who care about what people are feeling and experiencing and how we all struggle at times with making sense of an often overwhelming influx of stressors.
At those times, it may be necessary to not only practice mindfulness and the ability to center ourselves and manage those emotions, but also to focus. Focus has the ability to bring things into greater clarity and weed out the unhelpful noise and color of the background.