Time these days has been spent with my mom who is moving into the last stage of Alzheimer's. Even though she is slipping away fast - every once in a while she has a moment where she will say something and it just means so much and everything suddenly makes sense.
As I sat with her the other day, I did endless chatter about how beautiful she still looks; the family; told her that we sold the house she loved for over 45 years; blogging (which I haven't put a lot of time into); real estate (which I can't focus on right now); frustrations with a particular Seller ... you know just anything and everything to keep her updated. She just looks at me saying nothing because her speech and other abilities are very limited. But she can hear, feel and still thinks a little.
Time came to feed her...I placed a fork in her hand and helped her move the food to her mouth. She resisted this time and kept pushing the fork away. She sat for a long while refusing every effort I made. But I kept trying - making different foods, cutting the food smaller, made smiley faces with the syrup, putting sugar on the biscuit, tried to feed her myself ... anything. Finally, she slowly moved her arm and selected a piece of pancake with her fingers. As she raised it to her mouth she whispered, "Don't force, it's better with fingers anyway."
And that was all she said during our time together.
What does any of this have to do with blogging or business? Not much. Except to say that if I had to guess what my mother would say about blogging it would be: Just write. It may not mean anything now - but maybe later you will get an idea from it. Don't force yourself to write a masterpiece .. just scribble your thoughts ... it's better that way.
And about business? Exactly! Don't force it. And don't force clients (people) to do something or change to be the way you want them to be. Give them what they need and let them figure out what they want. It's better that way.
And about life? Well, today - because I should blog a bit so I don't lose my grand-fathered in status and with business has taken a back seat - I've decided to do what I think my mother might have said .. if she could .. and for anyone else who is struggling with whatever you are faced with - slow business, blogging ideas, difficult clients, stressful situations ... whatever the issue:
Don't force - it's better that way ... anyway!