You have either been a caregiver, you are a caregiver, you will be a caregiver, or someone will care for you.” – Rosalynn Carter
The former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter, knew about serving and caregiving from personal as well as professional experience. She was first to hold a caregiver conference that identified issues such as burnout and guilt. Her words focus on the interdependence at life’s foundation.
How we approach caregiving…
The question isn’t will we need care, or will our life call upon us to provide care. We are all part of a caregiving equation in our lives. The question is, how do we manage caregiving, as receiver as well as giver. In many ways, how we received shapes how we give.
And so for some, caregiving is easier and more natural than for others. And for some, caregiving is more natural with one person who requires care and not as easy or natural with another person in their life who requires it. Each experience of caregiving is unique as each relationship is unique.
For everyone, caregiving is an opportunity for growth, for increasing compassion or learning to set boundaries, for setting aside blame of others or for oneself, for deepening the dimensions of intimacy or for recognizing the limits of control.
Here are 7 Quotes When You’re Feeling Caregiver Stress:
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.” – Dr. Seuss
“To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten.” – Thomas Chandler
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin
Boundaries and Negative Feelings
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne
When Love Bonds Seem Broken
“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” – Les Brown
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our reality is our interdependence, from birth to death. Our response to interdependence provides our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity for growth in life. For assistance with your caregiving role, please contact us.