So many disappointments pile up during a caregiving experience. Your friends disappear, your family members wipe their hands, health care professionals give you the run-around, you lose chances, your caree declines seemingly happen overnight. With each setback, you feel your heart break off another little piece.
To protect more breaks from happening, you may be tempted to harden your heart. If your heart becomes cold to the day’s events, maybe you’ll be able to move through difficulties without shedding more tears.
Sure, a hardened heart may make a day easier. But, an impenetrable heart takes away your meaning and your purpose. When your heart stays cold, you miss the opportunity to glow in the tiny miracles of the day that tie you to your purpose. You miss the joke, you miss the connection, you miss the insight.
A cold heart may feel like a great survival strategy. When a cold heart melts, though, you’ve got a life worth living.
Melt into your difficulties and challenges. You’ll also settle into your joy and wisdom.
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