"The best index to a person's character is
(a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and
(b) how he treats people who can't fight back."
~Abigail van Buren (Pauline Esther Friedman)
A Commitment to Self for Caregivers
(whether you are a healthcare provider or a family member caring for a loved one):
Sometimes while we caregivers deal with the daily stressors in our own lives we forget to be kind to those around us. We feel badly when we treat our friends & family with sharp words, but do we notice when we direct unkindness to those in our lives that cannot fight back?
The cashier at the grocery store, the waitress at the restaurant, the janitor at the office, the teachers aide at the preschool, the customer service phone representative. We know that it is unlikely that any of these folks will be able to help us succeed professionally or personally. So we treat them with indifference or even rudeness.
This week I will remember that no matter what is going on in my own life, I will learn to pay attention to the people in my life. ALL of the people. Particularly the ones that provide me services. I will remind myself to be grateful for the small services that go unnoticed by so many.
I will do my best to find something kind to say to let each person know that I SAW them--to let each person know that their place in the universe matters to me.
I will remember that by with just one kind word, I can alter the quality of someone's life by making them feel valued.
I can be a person of character, one day at a time, starting now.