601px-VanGogh-starry_nightAh, to be an artist. An artist’s life sounds wonderful–time spent in nature, days spent in creation, a life spent making beauty.

It feels so different than a caregiver’s life.

Or, is it?

An artist uses his hands to express, to interpret, to reflect.

A caregiver uses his hands to heal, to care, to comfort.

Perhaps the art of caregiver can’t be hung on a wall. Maybe the art of a caregiver will never be sold at auction. Perhaps a view of a caregiver’s life won’t draw an admiring crowd.

But the art of a caregiver shows the world that a loving art is priceless. A caregiver’s day is difficult, heart-breaking, even dark. But the art that comes from those days is simply heaven on earth.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Art

  1. Avatar of RichardRichard

    Denise, I am amazed at how easy you make it look, putting words together to end up with something so creative, Keep the words coming they mean a lot .

  2. Avatar of Gail KrollGail Kroll

    @denise, you are creative. I always wanted to be an artist my whole life but chose the precollege route. Now? To think I have achieved my goal via watching my Mom is FANTASTIC! thanks for the vote of confidence….. (I especially liked the Van Gogh. STARY NIGHT is one of my fav paintings!:)

    • Avatar of DeniseDenise Post author

      Happy Birthday, Gail! I’m sorry I missed your earlier messages–I was shoveling. (Blah!) Wishing you a very special birthday and many, many more to come. Thanks for being with us!!

      • Avatar of Gail KrollGail Kroll

        Dear friend and life coach, You are the glue which holds us all together. I hope you know that! Love you much! Gail xo


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