American Elliot Kukla, a father and spiritual caregiver for those who suffer grief, death, illness or disability, says the most important thing I can teach my children is to slow down their lives.
Kukla explains that America in 2022 has become a stressful place to live; Everyone he knows is tired, “We’re tired of answering work emails after dinner, we’re sick of caring for seniors in our crumbling aged care system, and we’re sick of worrying about mass shootings in our children’s schools.”
And he adds – in a report published by the “New York Times” (New York timesWe are tired of sadness, sickness and depression, we are sick of wildfires becoming a fact of life in the West, of the floods and hurricanes hitting the South and East. We are really tired of this never-ending epidemic. Most of all, we are tired of trying to carry on as if That everything is fine.”
The life of today’s youth
He added that some middle-aged people deplore the lifestyle of today’s youth, but as a parent with lupus and someone who has spent most of his career caring for people because their lives are naturally slow, he encourages young people to slow down. “I’ve seen the limits of the grind. I want my child to learn how Enjoying life.”
‘I got very sick to prove my worth’
“For decades, I’ve wanted to be so active which caused me chronic fatigue,” Kukla says. “I pushed myself beyond my physical limits, to the point of severe illness, to prove my worth.”
But the Corona epidemic has made it clear in a profound way what it can be like to stay at home and do so little; A form of positive, endearing activity with the family.
He also explained how this period of rest is not widely available in normal times.
Even as we look hopefully toward a post-pandemic future – the writer says – we will still live on a warm and fragile planet with increasing climate disruptions. He adds that it is imperative that we find ways to work less, travel less, burn less fuel while communicating and care for each other more. In other words, it is critical that we not shy away from “rest” if we want our species to have a future.
“Through my work in aged care I have learned that moments spent enjoying the company of an old friend, tasting the smell of coffee or catching a warm breeze can make the end of life more enjoyable. And when the future becomes more fragile, I want to teach my child to enjoy life now,” he says. To teach him how to lie on the grass, watch the clouds and enjoy life without any guilt.”
He concludes, “Many ways I’ve learned to live well in a chronically ill body are by taking the present moment slowly and gently, and letting go of the search for certainty about the future. Napping, dreaming, nurturing relationships, and intense love are relevant to everyone.” He lives on this chronically ill planet.”