A Caregiving Comfort: Longer

Denise

A Caregiving Comfort: Longer

Denise

How much longer will this last, you can’t help but wonder.

How much longer will I have to go without sleep? How much longer will I have to leave the house with worries about what may happen while I’m gone? How much longer until life returns to normal?

The thoughts about longer, though, can lead to feelings of guilt because it seems that you wish for an end when you would never wish ill on anyone.

Your thoughts about longer really are wishes for an end to pain and suffering -- for you and your loved one. Truly, you wonder how much longer you and your loved one can endure what often feels like unending pain and suffering. The worst part, of course, is that no no can really give you a definite answer to how much longer which means we feel like we must gather up the energy and course to last forever.

How can we last forever with this level of intensity?

Perhaps the better question we can ask could be: How much longer will I have these right-now moments? How much longer will I have to give myself time? How much longer will I have to connect with others I love? How much longer will have I to make the most of my life?

Our answers to these questions rest with us right now. Right now we have the time. Right now we have the opportunity. Right now we have the chance to hold hands. Right now we can express our love. Right now we can receive our support. Right now we can make a change for the better. Right now we can decide to make the most of the moment for ourselves, for our loved ones and for our future.

Ultimately, I suppose it’s not about longer but about right now. Right now, we can take a step today that makes tomorrow better. Right now, our future begins. Right now, we can take charge. Right now, we can.

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