Caring for the Whole Person I don’t define health as the absence of disease, and I believe health care is much more than its diagnosis and treatment. I believe that true health is a balance of the important areas of our lives and the achievement of our positive potentials.
That balance is a challenge. So often we deal with the task or crisis in front of us while the rest of our lives are neglected. It is crucial to every caregiver to make it a priority to balance and rebalance the important areas of their lives.
For the past 10 years, I have used my own mandala to help me achieve that dynamic balance. Each day of the week, I’ll reflect on two areas of my life reexamine my goals in those areas and assess how I am meeting them.
You will have different goals than me and your priorities will change over the course of your life.
Life though not perfect is still beautiful and worth living. You and I though not perfect are still beautiful and worthy of love. As caregivers we are all human. When stressed, we must cope with conflicting emotions. We have to acknowledge and accept some of those feelings and recognize when we need a break.
Caring for loved ones who are no longer at their best emotionally or physically, we have to see the whole person in our arms. We have to see the present in the context of our loved one’s whole life. This is the challenge of unconditional love.
Together We Are Better Our losses connect us to others and their losses. Our challenges connect us to others and their challenges. Together we can accomplish more than we can alone.
The Positive Potential in Life and in your Relationships There is deep meaning in your role as a caregiver. It is an opportunity for growth, maturation and resolution in your relationships.
Life is a work of art and a work in progress. Though we do not choose the paints and the canvas, we can still make it beautiful. In our lives that are inextricably intertwined with the lives of friends, families and loved ones, together we weave a rich tapestry of caring.