Spring reminds us that small things, like seeds or a raindrop, can help produce life and multiply in the form of a beautiful flower garden or a new spring creek. “Hope springs eternal” is philosophy that caregivers know well. Caregivers know that love doesn’t need to take up much space or a be a “big to do” to be felt. We know you do small things with great love every day.
When you choose – or it is chosen for you – the caregiving role, we encourage you to look at it as an adventure where you are in control of expressing your authentic nature in the way you love those around you. Adding something more to your life sounds exhausting, but you don’t have to add lots more overwhelming activity in order to make an impact in the lives of those for whom you are responsible. The regular day-to-day in our lives – taking a loved one to the doctor or checking in on a neighbor – are the exact places in which we express and experience our love for those in need.
Here are some ideas on how to experience the joy in the little things that can have great impact:
- Hang up a cherished picture in a cherished space
- Say, “I love you” without expecting anything in return
- Listen to your favorite song and share it and the memories associated with it
- Listen to their favorite song and ask them about the memories associated with it
- Thank the parent for whom you are caring for something that they taught you that has changed your life
- Ask your loved one the following question, “What is the one thing noone knows about you?”
- Hold hands
- Share some of your favorite quotations that help you keep going, inspire you and give you strength as they may do the same for others
What other ways to you do small things with great love every day? Share with us on our Facebook page today.
For some inspiration created through color and life and light, we hope you enjoy this video link that we saw shared on FB. You can use it to take a minute away from your caregivers duties, appreciate the beauty of nature and simply breathe.