Living in the Past?

Chris

Living in the Past?

Chris
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. ~ Ray Kroc

One of the most important components to being a healthy family caregiver is to know your strengths and weaknesses, while realizing that asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.

I am learning that the same rule of order applies for people like myself who are in after-caregiving. When the caregiving journey ends, we look for outlets, we look for a path, because in after-caregiving, our roads can tend to be filled with steep hills and deep drops. The hardest of the roads are those round-a-bouts, were you think you are going somewhere, yet you just spin around and around, only to you realize that you are on the same path.

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Reaching out for help while you are in after-caregiving is just as important is it is when you are in the midst of caregiving. Yet the risk is harder because in this ask, it is all about you. I’ve had to learn the hard way that I can’t do this after-caregiving gig by myself. Living in the past is hard: Living in the moment is the only way to go.

Too many people to publicly thank but special recognition to my friend Betty, all my siblings, Denise and @Kathy for all the encouragement and support. A new chapter awaits me and is just around the corner. Now back to writing and continuing the path on how to better care for myself and live in the present. Because in the end, living in the past does not change it. Living in the past, only affects the present.

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