06July

Small Gestures Can Produce Great Moments

It’s amazing to me how in the smallest gestures you can find deeper meanings. Today I was washing my mom’s hair, and I found myself thinking about the act of washing hair. Of course, it means my mom is going to have the cleanest scalp and softest hair due to my good scrubbing, and these wonderful products from Shea Moisture and As I Am (Shameless plug).

The best hair care products ever!!!

But, really this is about the intimacy of washing someone’s hair. When someone washes your hair, it’s a time of trust and relaxation. Your defenses are down, and you are at a moment of peace and tranquility. It’s such an amazing feeling. Then, I thought about the person washing the hair. When you’re washing someone’s hair, you are in complete control of that person’s feelings in that moment. You are getting an opportunity to take care and pamper someone without resistance. Or, them deciding to make this a time for “20 questions” like my mom is known for doing :). For a caregiver, those moments are so rare, it’s scary :). So, when we get them it’s like winning the lotto.

As caregivers all we want is to make sure your needs are met. It’s the one thing that gives us pleasure and contentment. But, a lot of times we meet resistance due to our decisions not being the ones that make our family members happy. But,we are charged to make the tough decisions. Especially, since we are thinking about the good of the whole versus the one. It’s not an easy path. But, it’s the path we’ve decided to walk. So, we do what is needed. But, as I learned today small gestures can lead to moments of enlightenment. Moments when you realize your actions are not in van. It’s just funny how they may appear during the small gestures. But, they always say, “Great things come in small packages”.

So, wash some hair, draw a bath, do something that shows you care. That one moment of peace and tranquility can produce a feeling that will warm your heart, and motivate you to keep pushing forward.

Until we meet again!!

xo

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