Caring & Caregiving ~ Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone.
December 17, 2013
Today I choose to get outside my comfort zone of doing the norm. My wings spread in the act of caregiving for another, and not in my ‘chosen area of focus’ – which is Beauty, Design and Writing…clearly the Gifts I have been given from the Divine.
Today I chose to take care of an elderly woman and bring her to a Doctor for a much needed examination and treatment of her horribly infected and swollen legs. They desperately needed care, and so did she. Love and Healing in a Graceful, accepting way was the opening for this woman. I did not expect to be asked to ‘stay’ with her in the examination room when the Doctor walked in, but she wanted me there, so I stayed, as if I were a Loving Daughter. Support and unconditional Love can be very Present, even in the eyes and heart of someone you hardly know.
He unwrapped her bandages and many stockings that held in the fluids and muscles that were sagging and open and wounded beyond belief, with almost all the colors of the rainbow. As he unraveled and unwrapped, I just held this woman’s hand and gave her a look and feeling of Love that was unspoken and unconditional, but felt. Somehow she knew I was there to let her know it was all OK, that it was all right. She was going to be fine.
The Doc prescribed a treatment that was not approved yet by the FDA, but had a 75% success rate and in clinical trials. She wanted to take the paperwork home and ‘think’ about it. After a few encouraging conversations from Doc, Nurse and myself, she made the decision to ‘Just Do It’!
Have YOU heard those words before: JUST DO IT! This precious old woman is close to 90 and she is just ‘doing it’ all alone, by herself, without any family or friends nearby. Imagine what kind of COURAGE she has! Imagine how BRAVE she is. Imagine how SIGNIFICANT a Friend, a warm smile, a hand to hold, a new breath of Life can be to someone who has no one . . . or maybe she does, and I just don’t know about it.
Today I encourage you to go out and touch someone’s heart that needs touching. Feed them, hold them, touch them, feel them, be Present to them, and then embrace them. Let them know they are not alone, even if they feel they are. Let them know you care, and you are available to them. Let them FEEL YOUR LOVE that is forever and always deep inside of you to shower upon others, and in the act of doing so, you are Loved!
I am a part-time caregiver for my elderly Mother who is 90. She distances herself from me and still, to this day, I do not know why. I don’t question it, I JUST DO IT. . . whatever needs being done. Sometimes that means Loving her from a distance, sometimes its close up and personal, sometimes its just in the doing or being. . . every day is different. The only one steady I have is my unconditional Love for her. It is constant. It is vibrant. It is unconditional. It is infinite. It is beautiful. It has no beginning and no end. It is as it is.
I recognize so clearly that these are our last days and years together and I am filled with GRATITUDE for all the LOVE we have shared and continue to share. Sometimes it has been hard, porous, rough, difficult, and full of anguish and pain. Other times it has filled us up with so much joy, laughter, happiness, hope, inspiration, and clear access to the Heart of the Divine.
Every day is a new day. I never know what will arrive on my Platter of Possibilities. I am in the field of Divine Love and Divine Potential, and when the Divine speaks to me and moves through me, I will clearly know it and act upon it. But this day, today, this moment in time, I am acting on the impulse to ‘do for others as you would have them do unto you.’ I am being fully Present and acting out of Divine Inspiration for those that need my help, want my help and reach out for my help. I am here. Ready. Willing. Available. Able. Present.
Is there someone in your Life that needs your Love. . . or your help? Is there someone you can open up your Heart to today?
JUST DO IT. Be consciously aware of what is within you, beside you, and around you. Be fully Present to this moment. Embrace the Divine Love that is always within you and around you. You will be infinitely Blessed in doing so.
For this one moment today, I left this lovely woman with a Christmas card and hugged her warmly, but gently, as she was so fragile. I don’t think she has been held or hugged for a very long time. . . but today, she allowed me to do it, and in that moment I gave her my full Heart.