Welcome to Caregiver Friday!!
I’ve had quite a week at school with the magnificent and legendary Jean Houston. In focusing on the story of Odysseus as a metaphor for life I began thinking about the life of the caregiver. Trying to do your best in what is an honor gesture of love and support you are sucked into a story that was beyond your control. You are thrust into a story that is mythic in proportion whether you realize it or not. The important thing to consider is, are you trying to be a hero or are you living heroically.
You may be wondering what the difference is but I assure you there is a huge difference. As a hero you are always there to save the day. Your sacrifices are done with mixed intentions. As a hero you own a lot of control of the situation. We see this in a lot of corporations, nonprofit organization and families. Living heroically means embarking on a journey that is larger than life. You are meeting the dragons and sirens along the way who are trying to detract you from your mission. What’s the mission? To live your best life and sharing that best life with those you’re caring for in the process.
I assure you that you will be tempted off your course and the first few times that will be disconcerting. Trust me, it will be a learning experience. You will learn more about yourself in the process and that’s worth its weight in gold. Can you imagine anything better or more fulfilling than stepping into your true essence and offering your help and support as a caregiver/wellness partner from that world, emotional, and spiritual view.
It’s an amazing process to go on the odyssey because it substitutes the gloom and doom that may accompany caregiving and gives it a new sense of hope and adventure. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the depths of your soul and you’ll need that for the long journey because when the journey ends you’ll have that wisdom to rely on. Live heroically and let me know what you learn along the way!