Welcome to Caregiver Friday!!
I spend a lot of time at the Hallmark store because I like sending cards. I find myself in card/stationary shops everywhere I go looking for just the right card to say just the right thing. Is there a perfect card? No. Are there cards that come close? Maybe. The truth is that cards are created for the masses. They have to have mass appeal so they are generalized and it takes a lot of practice and research to determine what will attract the masses.
Why am I writing about cards? I’m really not, I am wanting us to consider why we send cards, fruit baskets, and/or flowers to someone who is feeling well. We want to ease their pain, make them feel loved, and pretty or delicious is one way to do it. Overwhelmingly when you talk to people about what is the best medicine they will respond that a visit (if they’re up to it) is the very best anyone can send when facing a health challenge. Knowing deep in your heart that there are people who are willing to look out for you, concerned for your well being, and want to partner with them on their journey is the greatest gift any of us can give.
Nothing substitutes for person-t0-person contact. The question is are we as caregivers/wellness partners/loved ones afraid of the illness? We have to remember that we’re not visiting the illness, but the person facing the health challenge. No matter the physical, the emotional and spiritual parts of the person are whole and in need of attention. How will you send your very best emotional and spiritual connections to those you love?
Sending your very best is easy because it’s sharing the authentic you. It’s sharing your time with someone who has etched their name and their essence in your heart. Sending your best requires very little other than you being you…that should be easy so let’s share ourselves and let that be the gift of healing we offer to those we love.