Review of this year 2012 is in the eyes and hearts of the beholder. There are two people in the same place and at the same time, however each will have a very different view. Caregivers look for the positive and ways they can help bring out the positive. Those being cared for look at the gains and losses. Both have a beautiful story to tell.
The caregiver is on a journey of love, respect and hard work. They want to learn all that can be learned so they may offer the help required to make each day easier and more fulfilling. As they move along this journey as with any journey there are ups and downs, most importantly they always learn to move on in a positive way. Even caregivers who seem to be stuck in a spot which is not the best for either the caregiver or the person will move forward as they are able to determine the best way to provide for the other person.
As we look at the progress the caregiver has made in the last year, whether they have been on the seen only a short time or for the adult life of the family member or friend, they have brought fresh air and new eyes to help our friend. Every caregiver walks a delicate tightrope of family member, friend and helper. This tightrope is a golden thread with lives and relationships in the balance. Those times of great triumph (personally, medically and spiritually) are the ones our caregiver will see in the 2012 year in review.
Our family member, friend or client will look at the year 2012 as a year of difficult decisions and painful acceptance. It does not matter if they are 10 years old or 100 years old, they must work the hardest they have ever to move on in their life. Our friend, family member or client may need the help due to an accident or illness, or they may have failing health, anyway you look at it – they must continue to work to get over the next bump on their journey.
In years to come we will all look at this time of transition, as a time of great insightful education and love. Although it may very possibly not seem like it as we work through the days as they are, but we will look back with greater wisdom and compassion for others.