Balancing And Rocco’s Neck On The Line, Part III of III

Balancing And Rocco’s Neck On The Line, Part III of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part I and II began: The chair, with foldout bed, was delivered for Mom’s recuperation.
Once Mom was discharged from nine days in ICU, doctors advised me “to have a bed” here. “You may need it.” Mom spent 57 days in multiple hospitals.

When she was discharged from her quarantined room in the third hospital with acquired hospital infections – to include the MRSA, C-Diff and other hospital bacteria – (mere days before her 60-day insurance lapsed), my 6’ 4” brother carried Mom to his car and to her bed in his arms. She was too ill and weak to sit up. Her goals then and now? To sit up and walk.

Part II: Moments later I asked, “Why did you have your mother and sister’s name tattooed on your neck?”

Part III: And the balance in this column’s title?

Balance with a chair? Balance with your schooling? Your work? New goals? New health?

Can you name three items right now before you finish reading this sentence that you want to balance? Not need to. Want to. Right now.

Straight and simple, can you name three areas where you would balance your priorities?

Are you cruising forward with balance?

Just knowing your answer – yes; no; heck, no; or maybe – will tell you much.

Shift your balance-focus with temporary timelines.

Balance with long-term timelines.

Seek good, smooth balance – perhaps avoiding all struggles around corners?

During a coaching session with a new court reporter (recent graduate) the individual responded that the single “balancing” common thought during multiple years of schooling was, “When is my teacher going to cough, so I can catch up on this test?”

This student wished each teacher would cough each day in each class?

And there you have it.

New habits form new habitual balancing.

I dare you to find your true balance.

What would you print on the side of your neck?

What would you do if your balance and focus were identified?

On a personal note, as I write this article, my mother has not seen this new chair with bed.

My father now has “topped your mother’s health issues” (Dad’s words).

Yes, he too has acquired multiple hospital infections to include the MRSA.

Perhaps we all have moments causing realtime “balance” reflection.

Chair in hand, that evening, Rocco helped me. Perhaps I may help you.

Finishing this article this morning (taking a pre-dawn emergency phone call) I am now off to my father’s hospital room.

Then I travel to Mom’s to feed my mother breakfast. Then back to Dad’s surgical floor hospital room. Then back to feed Mom lunch. Mom may soon need the chair-bed here.

I may be gifted (handed) a new balance-refocus before 10 today, Sunday morning.

I am hoping this balance arrives gently, not swiftly or unfocused.

Then, like you, I’ll get back in the saddle, balance my priorities, perhaps learn new lessons.

I will focus on focus.

In the hospital hallway or feeding my mom, I will choose to focus.

And I believe in your balance. May it be so.

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Part I of III is posted June 1, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part II of III is posted June 23, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

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