"A person finds joy in giving an apt reply---and how good is a timely word."
Proverbs 15:23 NIV
While it is important for you, the caregiver, to learn to receive gifts of encouragement, help, prayer and love from other people, it is also important to give back. Pray for others. Encourage others as much as possible through conversations in person, telephone, email, or mail. If you made the Thanksgiving card list, you have contacts ready.
On a personal note:
Visitors and health care workers coming to my home learned that Mother and I believed in prayer. Having these people ask my mother for prayer had a positive effect on her emotional state and mine. Keeping in touch with people by telephone and cards was special to her. When her arthritic hands kept her from writing, she dictated words of comfort and encouragement. Receiving responses always improved her morale. It is good when you and your loved one can share activities together.
"It is in giving that we receive" are the words of a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th Century saint, They are often referenced about the rewards of giving.
Gary Barg, author of The Fearless Caregiver, said, "We never know when or where we will get a piece of the caregiving puzzle or give one to another who needs it." Gary, founder and editor of Today's Caregiver Magazine was a guest on The Best of Times Radio Hour May 13, 2017.
As he said, "I could be standing in line at the drugstore or in a waiting room conversing with someone who gives me an answer helpful in my caring for Mother. In turn, I might give the exact answer another person needs."
Click the link to listen to more "Caregiving Guidelines and Strategies" discussion with host Gary Calligas and me.
Gary Barg is a former caregiver who founded the first national magazine for caregivers. He is an author and host of Fearless Caregiver Conferences. Visit Gary's website for excellent information and sharing by caregivers. You will be glad you did!
Friends and family, stay engaged in dialogue with caregivers. Your giving in communication, prayer, and love are vital in their emotional and spiritual health.