“Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.” – Unknown
In Salute & In Loving Memory
I dedicate this posting to all caregivers.
They are honorable, but are rarely recognized. I know how truly difficult fulfilling this mission is. I’ve been there and at I times thought I would die first.
I carefully choose the word ‘mission’ because I now know that service to my dear mother Eunice, as sole caregiver for over 4 years, was assigned by God.
Though I complained at first about the abandonment of friends and family, when I could have used their assistance, I now realize that God selected me, because HE knew that I would serve HIM and my mother well. And, I did.
I gave up everything that mattered to me, for her and for HIM….home, car, finances, health, reputation, social life, and livelihood. I had, but one purpose, and that was to see my mother’s smile each day. When asked, I answered the call, though it resulted in my bankruptcy, after years of corporate and entrepreneurial success, and my fall from grace. This experience was clearly one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.
Now, in retrospect, I realize that I gained so much more. These are but some of priceless gifts bestowed on me:
- Deep Connection With God
- No Fear
- Belief in Miracles
I know that the challenges of my care giving experience must be shared, simply because I hear of the same challenges in many other people’s story. As a result I provide support to others, who are currently serving as sole (as usual) caregiver. Whenever I see a caregiver and the ones they love in public, I salute them, because I know how much they give of themselves.
Caregivers, please hang in there. Your compassion and love will not go unrewarded, or unnoticed. I am recognizing you right now. I know that God is too.
In Loving Memory of My Mother – Now My Angel In Heaven – Born – October 2, 1918; Became an Angel – May 14, 2014
Even, after 4 years since my mother began her life in heaven, “my favorite girl in the world”, Eunice, still influences me.
I never expected that her best virtues would one day be inspired in me, as a results of my being there for her. This is yet another benefit of serving as a caregiver. I learned so much from her exercising her faith, embodying her words, and living by spiritual virtues with passion, that I live my life this way today.
My Mother’s Day
By Kevy Michaels
Happy Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day
I’m mother to my Mother
…And anything she needs me to be
“Cause I love her so much
I celebrate her everyday
I vow to forever honor her
…. Just as the prophet’s
She gave up dreams for me
Now, I must do for her
Whatever she cannot do
And I’m unashamed
To do all I can
To care for her
As if I’m a mother too
It brings me joy
To pour value into her life
…A gift of Love
For all she’s given to me
Enduring whatever it takes
To give her a life that’s peaceful
She’s paid high dues for me
Before I arrived
She paid the ultimate price
It would be unthinkable
To not bless her
With this phase of my life
So, today if I seem a bit giddy
As my angel and me
I’m honoring her
Just as I always will
But today’s special
It’s also my Mother’s Day.
I have a plethora of videos and other content to share with you on care giving. I can’t post everything, but this content will lead to more.
Caregiving Issues: Dealing With Siblings – 499 views – Rick Hoogendoorn – Victoria BC – Published on Mar 8, 2011
In most families, there is usually one sibling who would be classed as the primary caregiver. The bulk of the work falls to this person. They are most likely to have health issues themselves, suffer from burnout, and overwhelm. It helps when other siblings, particularly those who are out of town, can be mindful of the stresses on the primary caregiver. Current president of the Family Caregivers’ Network in Victoria BC, Rick Hoogendoorn, interviews board member and former caregiver Irene Laing about these issues.
When one experiences Transformation, as I have, they will experience the virtues of Inspiration, Hopefulness, Spirituality, Determination, Patience, Creativity, Healing, Prayer & Meditation, Self-Love, Communion With Nature, and Courage. – Kevy Michaels