Wow! Did I ever need to read this article - after spending the last 5 months being the primary caregiver for my aging parents(who both have rapidly deteriorating health & in the hospital 3 times), having had surgery myself, trying to keep up with my exercise regime as soon as I was able post-surgery, plus still trying to meet my various other "obligations"....so many days I have felt that if I even took a minute to think about how overburden I feel - I would just start crying and never stop. Just this week I have started to take steps to get in-home caregivers for my parents...not a quick or easy process, but one that will be well worth it for them and myself. It rang true what you said in your article 'we can't take care of others if we're not taking care of ourselves'. I want to feel happy, rested and healthy again....and I will.
Thank you for sharing your story. It totally resonates with me. I find I need to remind myself to not take myself or life so seriously every now and again. I will save your message for when I need it...
9/1/2010 11:19:54 AM
How many times in my thirty-plus years of teaching school and raising three kids did I need to read this article? Thank you for a refresher on some very important life lessons!
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