J: A blank day planner is the sign that a new year has just begun. Day planners are a big thing, even in this era of smart phones where your whole life can be stored and retrieved at the click of an app. People debate the best day planner, which is easiest to use, has most useful tabs, fits most easily in your purse etc etc. They quickly write in important dates that were scheduled at the end of last year. They write in birthdays not to be forgotten and dentist appointments that are months away. These days, a full day planner is the sign of a successful life.
The day planner of an AD patient is blank. They have no plans, and even if they did they wouldn't remember them. Each day bleeds seamlessly into the next, with only meals and church breaking up the time. Mondays look like Wednesdays, Saturdays like Tuesdays. The tedium of care taking weighs heavy. Trying to elicit a modicum of interest in any plan for the day from the AD patient is a huge (and almost always unsuccessful) task.
So what's the takeaway lesson? Are AD patients less successful because they're not busy? Or has our society redefined "successful" as "busy". Are their lives less valuable because they can't tell us what they're doing tomorrow? Or what they did today? Or ten minutes ago? I somehow think that God is trying to tell us, through the millions of AD people around the world who have blank day planners, that He doesn't value us because we are busy. He values us because we are His. That's enough We're enough.