"How are you guys doing it?"
I can't tell you how many times my wife and I have been asked that question in the months since Chloe's diagnosis. The answer is simple. You get up, you get going, you get the family going, and just live the day. You don't have a choice.
Actually, I've found there are two things that are making days manageable. Prayer and inspiration.
Prayer is the obvious one. However, I've found there are so many days when it is difficult to quiet my mind and heart and allow the Spirit to enter the moment. Yet it is on those days that others tell me, from seemingly out of nowhere, that they are praying for Chloe and our family. Today is was a colleague during my plan time, over the weekend a parent of one of my students told me that my student prayed for Chloe during Sunday School. Wow.
The inspiration piece is something that evolved as I was trying to expand my circle again. In an effort to get back into my PLN, I began to give myself five minutes a day to explore Flipboard containing my Twitter and Google Reader feeds. Not only did I begin to feel inspired again, I began to want to share that inspiration either through a tweet, an email, or a conversation. A daily ritual had begun. Now each day, without planning or forethought, I carve out a few minutes to be inspired or inspire someone else.
And that, possibly poorly written, is how I do it each day.