|2007 Caregivers Alphabet for August
-– for those who have gone beyond burnout & are just slowly twisting in the wind…
Awareness – look for those red flags that say “stop, you’re about to go over the edge.”
Benediction – something good to say, every day
Chronic compassion -- isn’t love, it’s pride. Give it up, all right?
Despair – the flip side of pride. Where you end up, after trying to go it alone.
Ego – that instinctive push to do it all by yourself, to prove you’re god.
Friends – people who come back to help, even when you say “no thanks.”
God -- omniscient, omnipotent, the big guy – who to turn to when life hands you something too big to handle on your own.
Honesty – what do I really need, right now? What makes me feel most like me?
Interdependence – not independence. We need each other.
Juice – keep life flowing in you and around you. Hydrate, not just with water, but with life.
Love - Loving others as yourself – finding something to love in every person.
Monsters – pain from childhood, people who put you down
No – come on, you can say it. Try.
Offering – when pain is too much to bear, offer it up. It helps. But be aware of times when you need to fix the problem. Don’t offer up everything.
Pride – also known as “little red hen syndrome.” Give it up!
Quiet time – good time to do some breathing exercises, meditate, curl up with a good book, find some stillness in your day. Be still and know that He is God.
Rest – get enough of this, so you don’t spend quiet time sleeping. You need both.
Sanity – five minutes a day, doing something that keeps you sane. See honesty, above.
Trials – Okay, you’ve got some. Accept that into each life, some must fall. Deal.
Unchanging – God’s love for you
Vision – where are you going? Make a plan, set some goals, now.
Whoopla – look it up; it’s in Webster’s. it means “boisterous merrymaking,” When’s the last time you made merry with some friends? Take a break!
X-Ray Diffraction reveals the structure of a crystal by scattering it. Try a little diffraction in your day. Get out of the routine to see where and who you are.
Year of Grace – what Christians call any year after Christ was born. Imagine giving yourself a year of grace. Every morning, start anew as God’s gift of grace to the rest of us. That’s who you truly are!
Zeptosecond – one sextillionth of a second. That’s how much time you should spend worrying. Let go!
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