In several posts back I referred to my chosen word for 2017, CARE. It’s a challenging word to live into, day in day out. I’m discovering a new layer of the word. Apparently I have always considered the word CARE to be a job description for a good mother. Unbeknownst to me I have been exhausted by it’s demands. But, I feel a shift from my maternal care I reserved for my children seeping into the rest of my life. Since I have always worked full time, it has been difficult to maintain friendships and be fully present for my family. Now that the birds are leaving the nest I am reinventing myself as a person, separate from being a mother. The decisions I’m making daily to care about others are transforming me. I find myself more present in relationships with others. The conversations I have are lingering. I feel the laughter more deeply in my gut. I attribute this directly to my intentionally living into CARING.