This morning I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude when I could enjoy yet another day in the presence of my dearest grandmother. At the age of 89, she has never lost her optimistic nature, sense of wonder and her quirkiness.
When we found out a few years ago that she had Dementia, it came as a huge shock. Her long term memory is in tact, but her short term memory ceases to exist. What dawned on me was that she feels most comfortable in the present moment… the now. She can’t fret about what happened and she also has no desire to worry about the future, because she cannot recall recent events. She can only be here now…
What a profound lesson!
Most us of are striving to just be in the moment. There we were, having a coffee this morning, giggling and savouring the time spent together in the present moment. Often we tend to let our minds run loose – stressing about what we should have done or still have to do, instead of just enjoying the precious moment at hand.
At this time now, she may not remember that she even saw me this morning, but it does not matter. What matters is how we felt in the moment, enjoying each others company and love.
I thank her for this beautiful gift and I salute her soaring child-like spirit! Bless her soul.
“Getting old is not for sissies” ~ Granny Lallie’s famous words.