Have you had one of those times when things seem to be twisted and up-side down and you wonder how this can happen to you and other good people? I have been feeling this way recently on two levels – personal and professional. First, I have had my credit cards and bank accounts hacked. Personal information on my credit card account was changed and unauthorized charges made to the account. In addition, there was a substantially large payment made to the credit card account. Doing further due diligence with my bank, I found they hacked into my account and transferred the money to the credit card account. This particular account is not set up for on-line or phone banking transactions, so it is puzzling and upsetting as to how this happened.
I feel I need to be continually checking all of my accounts to try and prevent this from happening again. It amazes me how inconsiderate and unfeeling people are who do these things. I am reasonably computer literate (maybe too computer literate), and I was not confused about what I needed to be done to notify authorities and implement corrective measures, but I was angry that it happened to me. What about people much older that I, who are less computer savvy, and less aware that these bad things happen to good people? No wonder people are able to get away with millions of dollars and cause untold amount of grief.
I have clients who are dealing with the stress of downsizing and moving in addition to dealing with a myriad of declining health issues. Even when not going through downsizing and moving the Mrs., has difficulty focusing and remembering things from one minute to the next. She knows it is happening to her and she cannot do anything about it. Mr. is trying to do as much as possible to care for her and keep things ‘normal’ but on most days he is fighting a losing battle. It presents challenges for everyone, especially when trying to sort through clothing and other things making decisions to keep or donate. I am witnessing first hand how sad it is to lose control of your personal identity and independence, while I am walking a fine line maintaining as much control and dignity as possible for this couple.
Yes, I know we all have times like this. It is unfair that we have to deal with bad people stealing identities and money. And it is definitely unfair that wonderful people need to go through failing health and memories, or what my Grandmother called ‘trials and tribulations’. However another Grandma said: “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. — Grandma Moses”
It is time to get over it! Stuff happens! Stop dwelling on all the cruel, bad things that happen because no one benefits by asking “why me?” So I’m opening my window to let in the cool, crisp spring air, let all the bad vibes fly out and move on to all the great and wonderful things that lay ahead.