Holly shared her experience moving to acceptance of her life caring for her husband. That acceptance led her to feel joy and peace. She shared the difference between motivation (an external force) and inspiration (an internal experience). For Holly, her greatest motivation became her husband, living in his mid-50s with Frontotemporal dementia, which in turn created her inspiration.
Inspiration can be a coping strategy to get up in the morning and can be an important factor in the battle against burn-out. Holly also spoke about the tough moments in her day and how she uses them to fortify her inspiration. Recognizing and facing fears creates greater insight into our inspiration. For Holly, she wants to be her best in her life as her life is right now. That’s her inspiration. When she faces and overcomes a fear, she realizes that she really can be her best in her life.
After you’ve had a chance to listen to our show, what resonates for you? And, please feel free to share how you stay inspired in your caregiving role.
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