Caregiving and Compassion Go Hand in Hand
1000 Voices for Compassion
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to have an opportunity to share with you an event that I’m participating in. It’s called, “1000 Voices For Compassion."
1000 Voices for Compassion was setup to have 1000 bloggers come together on February 20th to share posts on compassion, kindness, caring for others, non-judgment, care for the environment, etc. Our goal is to flood the “blogosphere” with good. There has been so much going on in the world, and it’s time to show that there are people in the world that care about each other.
As I’m gearing up to share my post, I can’t help but think about our roles as caregivers. I think caregiving is the ultimate act of compassion. As a caregiver, we are putting the needs of others above ourselves every day to ensure their life is better. To ensure they have all of the things necessary to live the best life possible. Even, the definition of compassion lends itself to caregiving.
Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. I can’t say that all of us have taken on our roles as caregivers due to a feeling of sympathy or sorrow.
I started my journey out of a sense of obligation. I knew my mom didn’t belong with anyone else, but us. So, we just did it. There was no one to consult. It was decided the moment it happened. But, for many of us on the caregiving journey, it’s that sympathy and suffering that makes the decision for you.
You don’t know what you’re going to face. You know they’re sick, and you’re going to take care of them. But, you don’t know what adjustments you’ll have to make to take care of them. You don’t know how man sleepless nights you’ll spend worrying about how you’re going to make things work. When you initially become a caregiver, you go into things completely blind.
All you’re going on is that “blind passion” to help make their life better. Unfortunately, that’s exactly how most caregivers forget about themselves. Again, the family is first. So, we neglect our needs (health, social life, emotional balance, etc.) to take care of our families. That just leads to burnout (emotionally and physically) that if left unchecked can have disastrous results.
That’s why it’s so important to have balance. Compassion and caregiving go hand in hand. But, balance is essential to ensure you’re able to live your best life. When you’re happy, your family will be happy too. They feed off of your compassion and happiness.
So, take a moment to think about how compassion has helped you on the journey. How do you feed off of it? How do you balance it? It’s going to take more than 1000 voices to change the world. So, if you want to share your thoughts on compassion, please go here. There’s plenty of time to participate. We all have a voice and experiences. Your experience could save someone.
Until we meet again!