Because

Denise

Because

Denise
silhouette-74565_640When a family member packs for a vacation, you can't help but think:

Because I do this (caregiving), you can do that (live).


When a family member shares about a success at work, you can't help but think:

Because I do this (caregiving), you can do that (achieve).


When a family member enjoys a lazy Saturday afternoon, you can't help but think:

Because I do this (caregiving), you can do that (relax).


When you think too much about all that's been taken from you as others continue to receive, you can feel your heart get tangled and twisted. You sacrifice while others feel little impact. That hurts.

It can feel like you give life to others while taking a life from yourself.

Except:

Because you do so much, know you can do for yourself.

Because you are so giving, know you can give to yourself.

Because you are so tenderhearted, know you can protect your heart by giving yourself chances.

Because you are so wise, know your insights about life serve you well.

Because you are an unusual breed in our world of takers, know you are given a heart and soul that are priceless.

Because you keep going, no matter what, you achieve and live in a way that can relax the tangles and twists in your heart. Some day, when you pack your bags, when you reach your success and when you take your time, you'll be blessed with an amazing gratitude that will free you. Because you'll know how hard you fought to get to that some day.

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Jenn

Excellent. you hit the nail on the head. I have gone through the list of because/you can many times and get resentful. What hurts even more is that those in my family who have the freedom to live their lives etc..... are mean to me, ignore me, are looking for anything I could be doing wrong so they can accuse me, gossip. I am not sure the motives or the point, but their nastiness because I haven't tossed my Mom (their Mom, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt) to the side hurts and I don't really understand it. It may have something to do with inheritance (potential), but she is still alive!

lookingheavenward

Beautiful reminder for those tough moments!