Lessons From a Cleansing Rain
Recently, we experienced a cleansing rain. The rain fell slow and gentle. This was not a popcorn storm; it calmly rained all night. Here are some of my takeaways from our cleansing overnight rain.
- Gentle but Powerful. Even though the rain was gentle, it had a powerful effect. It started raining shortly after bedtime and rained throughout the night. Several times during the night, I heard the gentle rain, which had the effect of soothing my mind and putting me right back to sleep.
- Cleared the Air. As usually happens in the spring of the year, as the pollen count rises, my allergies kick into high gear. This rain took care of that. On our morning walk, the air was clean and pollen free and my allergies were (temporarily) a thing of the past.
- Nourishment. Cindy has many new trees and plants in the ground that all need water. Watering was one of the agenda items this weekend. Now that one has been crossed off the list!
Cleansing Lessons Learned From the Rain
Gentle But Powerful Cleansing
What process can you introduce in your life that will have a gentle but powerful effect on your daily thoughts, emotions and productivity? It could be an early morning reading, reflection, prayer, meditation, walk or exercise. Taking a few minutes for you can set the direction for the day.
Cleared the Air
Sometimes our atmosphere needs a good cleansing. Where do you need to “clear the air” in your life? It could be a difficult discussion with your declining parent or your siblings that you have been putting off. Maybe Momma’s care needs have changed and these changes will require additional equipment, outside assistance, or maybe even a change of venue. Maybe it’s time to get your thoughts and facts together and have that Mom Centered Family Meeting that you have been avoiding.
What processes can you put in place to help nourish the family relationship on a regular basis? When a parent or spouse is declining in physical or cognitive health, the strain can be tough on the whole family. After a period of time, unless there are “nourishment processes” in place, the result of advancing stress can be devastating. One primary nourishment process is regular and meaningful communication. Families that have regular and open communication seem to work better together with less stress. The end result is better results for the whole family.
What lessons can you take away from a nurturing, cleansing rain? Next time you get a rain at your house, break out your journal and make a few notes. You may come up with some great ideas!
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Ok. That might come off a little fast, considering we barely know each other. However, we fully understand the stress and turmoil that you are facing as Family Caregiver – including personal experiences with burnout.
In our time as caregivers, we have amassed a wealth of knowledge that we desire to pass on. Likewise, we have met many professional caregivers, as well as other family members who were thrust as Family Caregiver. All caregivers have shared the same advice – Join a community! There is nothing more cleansing for our situation than knowing that we are not alone!
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