A few months ago, I was invited to speak in June during a one-day program for members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association on the topic of recovering from a catastrophe. Attorneys who attend will learn about the things they need to do should something devastating happen in their lives (an accident, caregiving for a loved one, a fire, whatever….)
About ten days ago, I heard from a dear dear friend that he has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Prognosis, just a few months. I am devastated – my heart just aches for him, his family, and yes, for myself, too. And I wonder…. he is a small business owner…. what will become of his business and his clients?
Then this weekend, I was approached to review a new book, written by a doctor who, as a result of a devastating car accident in 2005, became a patient himself and dissected all that was wrong with his care. Included in his story is the fact that he has given up his thriving practice of gastroenterology, a practice which had to take a back seat as he recovered from his injuries.
Which is when (yes, I’m slow….) I realized that the universe was telling me something. Or at least posing this question: As advocates, as people who others rely on, how prepared are WE for devastation in our lives and, importantly, how that will affect THEM?
How many of us have a Plan B?