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Energizing Tip for 11-20-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/20/2012 - 05:00 pm

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

We can benefit from living a life of Gratitude. Earlier this year, I received an invitation to participate in The Gratitude Book Project of 2013. After agreeing to join the book project, I was given instructions to answer the following question in an essay of 200 words maximum, "What are you grateful for?" I will share my entry toward the bottom of this e-mail.

 

Taking time to reflect and share gratitude can work wonders for the soul of a caregiver. Even if you are spending lots of time under stress and not ready to commit to living a full life of gratitude, giving yourself brief moments of gratitude can be energizing. As we are approaching Thanksgiving, the biggest American holiday of the year for gratitude, this can be a perfect time to start the practice.

 

Practice Tip: Brainstorm a list of things that friends, family members, and co-workers have done over the past year that you are grateful for. Once you have this list, make a phone call or share your specific item of gratitude face to face with the person(s). You can begin the conversation with the statement, "I am grateful for ....." If you want to reflect with gratitude for a loved one who has passed away, write it down and share out loud. Filling your heart with gratitude for things that have occurred, are currently happening, or that you are setting the intention to happen in the future can be so energizing. No matter how you do it, give yourself the gift of gratitude.

 

A few months ago, I tried this gratitude practice myself through the creation of my entry for The Gratitude Book Project of 2013. Once the book is published, I will share the details with you. In the meantime, enjoy my entry.

 

Parent Caregiving Without Regret

 

I am grateful that both of my parents were able to age in place and die with dignity in the comfort of their home. My father passed away in December of 2009 and my mother on Mother's Day 2012 - both in my loving arms as they drew their last breaths.

 

For three years, I had the most challenging and soul-fulfilling journey of my life. I served as the primary live-in caregiver for my parents, Irving and Berneice. In August of 2009, my then 82- year-old father suffered catastrophic heart failure. Prior to that event, he served as my mother's primary caregiver after her survival from Stage 4B Hodgkin's disease left her frail and in need of his physical support. My father's heart failure led to vascular dementia and the need for his own 24-hour care, so I stepped in to support them both.

 

During this personal and profound caregiving journey, I took care of the most intimate of hygiene routines and navigated the healthcare system for needed adaptive equipment, assistance, and respite support. Although still grieving, I am filled with gratitude that I returned all of the unconditional love and support ever shown to me without one moment of regret.

 

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

 

Energetically yours,

 

Michael Bloom

 

Bloom Coaching and Performance LLC is committed to providing customized, person centered coaching programs and services that can positively transform the lives of as many caregivers and caregiver support workers as possible.

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