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LinkedIn post 21/9/21 – My “6 in 60” – giving something back – to your family

I last posted on LinkedIn in April when I left my then employer, Handelsbanken, of 20 years.

For many, maybe especially people like me, in their 50’s, it can be disorientating when you suddenly get your work time gifted back to you.

What do you do when no one tells you to set that (for me) 38 year old work alarm clock?

So I thought it may be helpful to others to share what I’ve done, so far, with the 60 hours a week (work and commute time) I suddenly had available to me. Here’s #1 of my “6 in 60” as I call it – give something back – to your family…

In the last few months, I was privileged to provide, with my fantastic family, palliative care for my mother during her final months. The time I was able to spend with her was precious, and I will treasure it forever.

During that time, and since, I have reflected on the role my mother played in my life, and just how important her chosen vocation (motherhood) has been in our family.

The photo shows mum’s daughters, daughter in-laws, granddaughters and great granddaughters and was taken at her 90th birthday party – mum’s legacy of great women.

I have worked in a male dominated profession for 38 years, and talked a lot about leadership, self-development, work ethic, productivity, equality, diversity and inclusion, dedication, service and so on. But I’ve only just realised that the best example of all the above was my mother.

So, hats off to all the mums out there. You’re doing the most important job on the planet. And you’re great.

Please keep your eyes open for further posts in this series – but, to be honest, they won’t be as important as this one.

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