Caring for an ailing relative can shift life in a way that makes typical measures of "success" pretty useless. Perhaps it's no longer important to work such "top producer" hours. Or to have the best garden on the block. But without these familiar markers, you may wonder, "Who am I? How am I doing?"
Here's an opportunity for a personal check-in with feedback about measures likely to be meaningful to your life today. The Brief Strengths Test focuses on core character traits (those aspects of yourself that you draw on every day while caring for your loved one).
This is no New Age hoopla. The test was developed in the lab of internationally respected psychologist Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. It is offered online at no charge.
The test has you rank how frequently in the past month you have demonstrated 24 universally valued qualities. The result is a "profile" that highlights and affirms your strengths. Instead of focusing on achievements, this test recognizes actions such as- "speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition" (bravery)