Blogging for the Holidays – Footprints

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Blogging for the Holidays – Footprints

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There is so much going on this holiday season, that it is easy to get lost in the commercialization and stress of the holidays.  I like to try to keep my faith close to me whenever possible - it is a safety net when sometimes other things fail me.  Here is one way growing up christian has helped me deal with some of the harder days.

If you are christian you may have grown up hearing the poem called Footprints.  It has been adapted many times over the years.  In the nonfiction book that I am writing I wrote an adaptation to Footprints - For caregivers.  It is not new and unique.  It is not some huge statement of advocacy or tips on how to cope with the stress.  But, for me, it is a reminder of how important the work is that we do.  And yes, that helps, despite whatever is going on at the time.

Think about this poem for a moment, if you have time.  While some of us have a creator that we feel helps lift us up when we are in our lowest moments.  For many of those we care for - we are the one that lifts them up.  Sometimes - literally.  The work we do is service.  Service to humanity.  Service to our families.  We are doing the good work that we were called upon to perform.  Yes, it is hard.  Yes, it can be frustrating.  Yet --- we are doing good work.

Footprints - Adapted for Caregivers


"One night a woman had a dream. She dreamed she was walking along the beach with her caregiver. Across the sky flashed scenes from her life. For each scene she noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to her and the other to her caregiver.

When the last scene of her life flashed before her, she looked back at the footprints in the sand. She noticed that many times along the path of her life there was only one set of footprints. She also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of her life.

This really bothered her and she questioned the caregiver about it. You said that once you decided to care for me, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The caregiver replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

#dare2care my friends.  -- Jackie
#daretocare #caregiving #mindlight #sandwich

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Lark

Thank you for this post. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will say that in your adaptation there were three sets of footprints even though your footprints looked like one set. God provided you the energy and love and perseverance to walk out the caregiving journey. You come along beside the loved one and God moves in and through you to make it possible. Your footprints are, in my opinion, those of yourself and of God working on your loved one's behalf. Love your post.

CathyJ

Mindlight_Jackie...Thank you for sharing this beautiful adaption. So very true. And it made me think about the whole journey...the times my mom carried me in my life. It is a journey of love and mutual carrying of each other through the years. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing.

Lew

Thank you for sharing the modified for caregivers version of the well known Footprints. I am caring for my 93 year old mother with dementia and have a 12 year old son with Aspergers so I am constantly shifting gears from one person's needs to anothers. This coupled with the lack of support from my 5 siblings makes things difficult especially during the holiday season. I think it is important to focus on the positives. I am fortunate I was able to retire from my government job on a pension and am reasonably financially secure. I have good health care so I am able to take care of my personal needs. I have a best friend in a similar situation with his parents who is very supportive and offers good advice or a sympathetic ear when needed. My mother is in good physical shape at this time and is able to go to the toilet by herself and bathe herself. I am glad I discovered this website. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.\r\nLew