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What Now?


“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.”

            ~ Alexandra Stoddard


“You cannot show up today and expect yesterday’s results.”

            ~ Unknown


“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

            ~ Rabbi Hillel


“What now?  I just can’t figure it out.  What now?  I guess I’ll just wait it out.  What now?  Somebody tell me.  What now?

            ~ Rihanna


I have continually asked the question, what now, in the years since my mother’s death.  What now?  No one wants to listen, then or now!  And I stopped talking!  The trauma I experienced silenced me!  I know there are more stories out there!  I know seniors are unsupported and alone in their fear.  I know women are invisible.  I know there are caregivers suffering a system empty of appropriate supports and a system full of hollow promises.  I know there are grown children with terrible choices to make.  I know it is a dreadful thing to make such choices and then to feel so terrible because the only choices include abysmal outcomes.  I know WE all need to tell our stories.  It is a place to start.


Written by Deborah Lavender, BMG Senior Consultant

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