By guest blogger, Carolyn Cook.
It always seems like a risk to admit that I can’t do something. Fortunately, I’m learning to take that risk more often.
I recently admitted to myself that I can’t do everything I’m trying to do for my mom. It was tempting to beat myself up for being imperfect, but I knew better. The important thing was to reach out and ask for help.
Help was always there, waiting for my call. My sister and I were able to talk openly with friends and other family members about how they can help, and we got in touch with professionals who love to work with older adults. Adding these resources has the potential to make my life less stressful and my mom’s life more joyful.
And it all happened because I realized it was time to say “I can’t.” I can’t do everything myself.
The miracle, and the lesson, is that nobody expected me to.
This post first appeared on RiskADay.com.