If 2020 taught us anything (besides diligence in practicing hand-washing techniques) it was that every caregiver is a hero! Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They come from diverse backgrounds, have a wide variety of skill sets, and range in age from very young to ancient! Some caregivers practice their skills in career form, while others give care by volunteering with family members, friends, or organizations with whom they affiliate. Some caregivers are reluctantly obligated to this role because they believe there is no other option, while others willingly embrace the responsibility of caring for others as their calling.
One outstanding feature that defines a great caregiver is an intangible quality that comes from their heart. The heart of the caregiver is a powerful engine that feeds their extraordinary passion for caring for others. It is this unique characteristic, this overpowering drive, that pushes a caregiver out of their comfort zone and into the lives of others, enriching those lives and influencing our society in countless ways. Whether caring for family members, patients, facility residents, neighbors, or private clients, a caregiver exudes all the qualities of a true hero: selflessness in the face of adversity, diligence to the task at hand, unwavering commitment to helping those in need, and that intangible quality that inspires complete trust.
So, are you a caregiver? If your answer is yes, then Betsy and I salute you for the important role you play in your family, your community, and your world. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many people around you! During this past year you have been a fortress of protection, a song of hope, an oasis of comfort, and a cure for loneliness to those for whom you care. You have been an example to many, and a hero to many more. If you are not a caregiver, then think about who the caregivers are in your life and take some time this week to recognize them for what they do. By showing your appreciation, you will uplift and empower these special people to continue their important work!
This week at Heart of the Caregiver, Chris and I are singing our praise for caregivers everywhere for their selfless commitment to caring for others. We hope you will join our conversation and share your heart about a special caregiver who has touched your life during the pandemic.