Grateful for What You DON’T Have
It’s gratitude time, but not how you expect. The focus at Thanksgiving is usually on appreciating and giving thanks for what we have. This post looks at what you perhaps DON’T have. Stay with me as I explain.
Now that your children are older, do you enjoy having your schedule, time, and flexibility back? Is your life now one of more ease with fewer responsibilities? Do you find your energy lifting as you carve out a wee bit more “me” time?
Caregiving and Caregivers: We Are They, and They Are Us
Well fuggetaboutit if you are a caregiver! For the 40 million unpaid caregivers in the US, a moment of downtime, without demands or responsibilities is an elusive memory.
Many caregivers are boomer women, often sandwiched between the needs of their parents and their own kids. My sister is a prime example. She cares for her 19 year old special-needs son and orchestrates care for her husband who suffered several strokes this past year. What don’t you have that people like my sister and the women listed below do?
- Constant worries about a loved one (in addition to usual worries);
- Time demands that stretch the imagination and laws of physics;
- Medical and other financial stresses that bombard daily;
- Weariness caused by lack of sleep, high stress, and reduced freedom to exercise;
- Unsupportive input from others who tell caregivers how to do a better caregiving job, but they aren’t actually doing the work.
Perform a Random Act of Kindness
Yup! Happy Thanksgiving, which comes at the end of National Family Caregivers month. In honor of the many caregivers in our nation, the Ad Council and AARP ask for your support of the Random Acts of Kindness initiative. No, they’re not asking for funds, but for kindness – the kind that makes you feel good, while helping lift another. What can you do to give a caregiver a break? Glad you asked!
- Perform a Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers
- Identify someone in your life or community who is serving as a caregiver and do something nice for that person or family. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, just a small gesture that makes a caregiver’s life a little easier.
- Get rewarded too! Share your story with AARP. Submit a photo and 150 word or less summary of how you made a caregiver feel special. You’ll be entered to win a cash prize from the AARP $10,000 pot.
- Watch this short video:
One other thing — read the following stories and random acts of kindness suggestions from women who have been in the trenches. Click on the title of each listed post. You’ll be inspired, uplifted, amazed, and — as is perfect for the season — grateful. For what your life does and does not have. And for who and what it does![listly id=”uaO” layout=”gallery” per_page=”25″ show_item_tabs=”false” show_item_filter=”false” show_list_headline=”false” show_list_badges=”false”]
Looking for more insight into the lives, success strategies, and ways caregivers can stay healthy themselves? Perhaps you are also a caregiver deserving a kind deed! Then take a look at these posts from our site.
- A Workout Plan to Lose Weight When You are a Caregiver
- Your Medical Condition Pisses Me Off
- Can Your Wearable Technology Do All This?
- How to Handle Weight Gain When You Suffer Loss
- Are You a Caregiver?
ACTION: Click on the links and listly posts above. Comment on the listly stories. Perform a random act of kindness for those who caregive. Let others know you are aware and care!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Element Associates and Midlife Boulevard.
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA