Sunrise Over the AtlanticDuring a tough time, I find myself searching.

It’s like I open a closet door and begin to pull out whatever my hand can reach. I’m not in the closet trying to create order. I’m not looking for an answer. I’m not even interested in finding meaning.

I’m looking to feel better. I’m searching for comfort.

And, it’s not a comfort like a guarantee that it will all work out. Because a serious setback has set me on my search and nothing will convince that all will be okay. The uncertainty of the future convinces me that I cannot buy a warranty.

No, I’m looking for comfort. It’s a comforting hand that steadies my heart. It’s a comforting word that tells me I’m not wrong. It’s a comforting smile that reminds me that a failure will not end me. It’s a comforting encouragement that inspires me to try again.

I’m looking for comfort that assures me I can let go of worry and embrace hope. When I find comfort, I locate my hope.

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About Denise Brown

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. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

3 thoughts on “Search

  1. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    “The uncertainty of the future convinces me that I cannot buy a warranty.” — Love this. (My mind just started playing “Stairway to Heaven.”) And the follow-up is perfect: “When I find comfort, I locate my hope.”

    Wishing you much, much comfort, from your wisdom-within and from everyone around you.


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