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At a conference I attended, a speaker used a Hawaiian word I’d never heard before: kuleana.

It means a responsibility, but it’s more than a duty or task. It also carries a connotation of privilege. I wondered if I could apply this to caring for my mother. Could I adjust my perspective, and view this responsibility as a privilege?

What is your kuleana? Today ask, Is this my responsibility? And if it is, tell yourself: I am privileged to be the person tasked with this.

Caregiving is an arduous journey. Keep in mind that any disruption in a longstanding family pattern – a disruption of the “family system” – can be difficult for everyone, including the caregiver (agingcare.com).

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