Dementia: Turn Your Baggage Into Luggage and Take a Trip!

I visit the chiropractor weekly. He is helping my back to heal, my arthritis to disappear, and my mood to improve. Yes, my mood improves after my weekly visit. Dr. Rich Benjamin (Gonstead Chiropractic Center, Fort Mill, SC) is a nut. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Really, I do!

If you have read my blogs in the past, read any of my books (did you know I have five books?), or spent much time with me, you know I love to laugh. I know laughter is a gift from God. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (I love the poetry of the King James Version.) I laugh several times a day in my effort to avoid dry bones and facial wrinkles.

At a recent chiropractic adjustment, my sister and I were discussing life with Dr. Benjamin. I stated, “Everyone has baggage they have to deal with. No one with any years behind them is exempt from this reality.” He said, “That’s true, but you have to learn how to turn your baggage into luggage and take a trip!” Now that, my friends, is GOSPEL!

I know dementia caregiving is hard work. I do it every day. There are days Momma is cheerful and cooperative, and there are days she is whiny and complains A LOT! I can dwell on the hard days, or I can remind myself of the good days. I prefer the later.

If life is getting you down, take a few moments and see how you can turn the “baggage of life” into luggage. Then take a trip!

Hope that gives you Something to Ponder.

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