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nature-sunflowerWe feel comfortable when we do what feels natural. When we’re good with numbers, it’s natural to balance the checkbook. When we’re good with words, we love the opportunity to put pen to paper.

In caregiving, you’ll feel tested in what feels natural. Providing incontinence care to an adult won’t feel natural. Making a decision on behalf of your caree won’t feel natural. Sitting in the driver’s seat (literally and figuratively) won’t feel natural. A caree too young to be a caree absolutely doesn’t feel natural.

It’s also not natural to feel so conflicted (you hate and you love within seconds of each other) so often during the day.

With so much that’s unnatural, what’s natural about caregiving?

Know that your nature–your ability to care–brings caregiving to its natural state. A state of giving and receiving, which keeps life in its natural balance. You, in all your natural moments–the good, the bad and in between–keep the world in balance. You, just as you are, are what’s natural.

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About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.


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    Very well stated, thank you for this post.

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    I found that just as with motherhood and a newborn baby; you find when someone you love needs you to do “unnatural things” you just do them. It becomes natural, not necessarily pleasant, but you do it because they need you and you love them. Caregivning by its very nature, I think must be done out of love.

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    When I take care of my people, I jump in and do every motherly, natural thing I know to take of them. I have been a caregiver for more than 10 years. And I learn something new everyday.

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