Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers: On Community — 12/3/08
“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.”
~ Sandra Day O’Connor
As family caregivers we become so focused on the responsibilities we have for our care recipients, at times we can feel very alone. But no caregiver lives in a vacuum.
You may feel like you’re alone, but you’re not!
Even if you think your daily life consists solely of yourself and your aging parents (“Golden Oldies” is what I prefer to call them), your world must include, at the very least, a doctor, his or her staff, and probably a pharmacist, too. Keep reading to find out more reasons why you’re not alone . . .
I’ve recently been thinking about the caregiving world as a series of concentric circles, like a target. In the center of mine, in the smallest circle, are my mom and me. Right outside that tiny circle is the next circle of my immediate and extended family. The next larger circle surrounding that one consists of the board & care staff and health professionals who are part of our caregiving “village.” And the very next circle holds our friends and neighbors.
In October, I wrote about going back East on a short trip, and how it was going to “take a village” to care for my mom during that time. It struck me after my return that this village still exists, and that I had created it subconsciously, little by little, over time. It is very gratifying to realize how many people are supporting me and my mom in a “hands on” way on a day-to-day basis.
Perhaps you have done the same but, like me, haven’t taken the time to recognize your village?
It dawned on me that I’ve added a new, even bigger circle that you are all a part of because you are reading this post!
Now no family caregiver ever needs to feel alone — people all over the world can read the words written here 24/7 no matter what country or time zone they live in. In less than a year, I have readers from 12 countries around the world! TLeC has gone global and I couldn’t be happier!
The quote below expresses how I feel about the awesome community we are building here:
“A community isn’t built or befriended,
it’s connected by offering and accepting.
Community is affinity, identity, and kinship
that make room for ideas, thoughts, and solutions.
Wherever a community gathers, we aspire and inspire each other intentionally . . . And our words shine with authenticity.”
~ Liz Strauss, Successful-Blog.com
I have offered my ideas, and you have added to them in a myriad of ways through your comments and emails. My wish is that you will all gain something of value by participating in our growing community. One in which we share, learn together, and support each other through the roller coaster ride every family caregiver experiences. My vision is that TLeC will always be a place in which you can stop by for a visit, read a little or a lot, and then head back to your own world feeling better as a result of your time spent here.
Please know that in the increasing concentric circles of the TLeC caregiving community you are not alone!
What part of the world do you live in? Please tell us which city, state, county, country, continent or galaxy 🙂 in the comments below. OK, I’ll go first . . . I live in sunny California!
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