I love my work and look forward to growing it. So when I went through the considerable trouble last week to book myself almost enough time to get work done well, my ego was none too pleased to wake up to my daughter's little-kid, bad cold, knowing there was no way to tell how long it might take her to recover.
My upset about this was a lot like consciously deciding to live in Chicago, but not owning a shovel because I didn't expect it to snow. As I frantically rescheduled meetings and clients this week, (ever try to convince a non-relative, last minute sitter to stay with your sick, germ spreading child?), I thought about parents who don't have help or resources to rearrange.
Then I thought about parents of children who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged...parents whose kids don't recover - ever; who can't reward them - even for a moment - with a responsive smile, or an "I love you", or any indication of whether their daily care is understood as love.
How do these parents get through the day? The brave parents I've met just keep doing what is in front of them, and they sometimes struggle to keep their will and positive intention alive. According to Lynn McTaggart, in her book, The Intention Experiment, when we add our intention to theirs, even if remotely, it helps them. It's just that simple. Think of a parent who needs that extra support today and send them love and compassion.
And the next time you do something as simple as opening the door for someone, remember, that may have been just the kindness they needed to get through the next hour in their day.