Career

river-139813_640Some days, you may wonder:

Is this my career? Organizing meds? Holding the phone and my temper as I wait and wait for an answer? Filing paperwork that never ends? This is my life’s work?

We all want careers which feel fulfilling, challenging, rewarding. We want to climb the corporate ladder, take on more responsibility and bring home more bacon. We want to feel appreciated, to know that our work matters, to feel proud that we make a difference.

All that seems to happen in the cube at work. In the room at home, it all just seems to be about doing, redoing and then doing again.

This caregiving seems to be as far from the thrill of a career as possible.

What if a career of advocating, helping, caring is the pinnacle of our life’s career? What if this career of caregiving is really the promotion that gives as much back to us as it takes?

Maybe you can’t get a raise during a caregiving career. Perhaps you can’t be chosen Employee of the Month. Maybe you can’t take a sick day or accrue enough vacation time.

You can, though, manage the care and keep of life’s most precious cargos–you, your caree, your family. In caregiving, you are CEO. And, your role as CEO will prove to be one of your life’s most treasured jobs.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com 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 “Career

  1. Avatar of LisaDLisaD

    My chosen career was Social Work and for a while I worked in that field. Now that I’m working I’ve found that my degree has come in handy handling the various red tape in trying to get services for family members. Plus I’m really good at paperwork.

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  2. Joy

    Most days I just feel overwhelmed – I know I don’t have the needed skills to adequately care for my 81 year old mom – recovering from bladder surgery. Today, she stepped up behind me when I was getting something out of the oven _ I jumped and burned my arm. It never ends

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