As Facebook asks, “What’s on my mind?” What’s on my mind is that the internet is an amazing resource, and can be overwhelming.
My message here at Caregiver Heart is a simple one. Please share this one concept with everyone you know. It applies to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s, parents of those with Autism and Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis and all manner of ways people show up on the planet. Please do this, for the one you care for, and for you.
Tell the best stories about them. And make those stories available for any who join the circle of care and love. Available through the computer, through albums with labels on the coffee table, through song lyrics on the piano bench, through a container of fresh herbs on the kitchen windowsill, through the ones that make you laugh or stand up taller with pride on the refrigerator..
This strategy alone has served me for many years as a caregiver. It puts me in a good place because I’m talking about the best times, I’m regarding my family member or friend from an honoring and respectful place, and it gives us both something great to talk about.
In the bathroom, in the car, in the doctor’s office-have those stories available to you, and to him or her.
You might be pleasantly surprised at the flow of energy you get as a caregiver when you’re bringing the best stuff to the table, literally and figuratively.
Give it a go. Then let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear it.