10 Reasons to Feel Proud Today


10 Reasons to Feel Proud Today

lighthouse-600583_640You may look around and think, Well, this is a disaster.

Today, I'd love for you to step away from what feels like a disaster and step into a moment of pride. You have so many reasons to feel proud, including these:

1. You stayed. Many left because the stress is too much, the sadness is too great. But not you. You stayed.

2. You get up every day to do your best. You face challenges and obstacles that would give Superman pause. And, yet, every day, you get up and do your best.

3. You manage disappointments with as much grace as you can muster. You don't have the freedom or the time you once did which means you can't enjoy all the activities, relationships, opportunities you would like. You feel the pain and then you go on, leaving behind self-pity.

4. You do what you didn't think you could. Daily, you do what not long ago looked impossible and felt like too much. Somehow, you figured it out.

5. Caregiving is an experience about your worst fears. It's like riding in the first car of the world's highest roller coaster positioned above a pit of rats and snakes. And, yet, you get on that ride--you face those fears, with all the ups and downs, over and over.

6. Others will tell you want you should do. You know what you can do. You ignore the "shoulders" and focus instead on what you know to be true and best.

7. You provide care as well as any nurse, doctor or home health aide. You learned under the toughest of circumstances--at night, on the fly, through your tears.

8. And, speaking of tears, you let them flow. You've learned the power of tears, your body's healing force. While others may label tears as a sign of weakness you know the regular release keeps you strong.

9. While doctors and other health care professionals may skirt around the truth, you welcome it. You know the truth about a diagnosis and a prognosis help you make the right decisions right now, allow you to keep the most important priorities at the top of the list, keep you focused on the moments.

10. You matter. You matter to your family, in our health care system, in our world. You matter a great deal to us.

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