OUR UNPLANNED JOURNEY (Part 8)

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August 31, 2018
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September 7, 2018

OUR UNPLANNED JOURNEY (continued 8)

Content…….  This word just popped into my head as I was thinking about what to write about this month regarding our unplanned journey with Alzheimer’s.  I was thinking that I really don’t have anything more to share at this time and I believe it’s because we are content where we are in our life.

I’ve shared our story – when we met, our families, family history, work history, interests, diagnosis, denial, concerns, sharing, acceptance, medication complications, communication challenges, support, resources for help and trusting God.

I found the following definitions of contentment on the internet:

Contentment
Resting in who you are, who you have, a what you have,
Calm
Comfortable
Peace
Rest

a  state of happiness and satisfaction – “He found contentment in living a simple life in the country.”

Synonyms:
contentedness, content, satisfaction, gratification, fulfillment, pleasure, happiness,  cheerfulness,  ease, comfort, well-being, peace, equanimity, serenity, tranquility.

Equanimity! Now that’s a fun-sounding word that I don’t hear often and had to look up the meaning of  Here’s the definition of equanimity:

Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation—  “She accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity.”

Synomyms:
composure, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, cool-headedness, presence of mind

The above definitions gave me much to ponder and think about.

WHO WE ARE:  God’s children
WHO WE HAVE:  Each other
WHAT WE HAVE:  God’s grace and provisions

After the initial diagnosis I certainly didn’t experience calmness, peace or rest.  I was trying to figure out how I was going to deal with this devastating news and worried about what my husband would have to go through and how I would be able to help him, etc., etc., etc.   Why I almost always try to figure out things first on my own is a mystery to me.  I know God is able and willing to be there for us during the good times and the bad.  So, as we turn more and more to Him as we walk this journey, the peace that passes all understanding and mental calmness is gifted to us and we are content.