Yesterday I had this beautiful visit with a hospice patient and her adoring adult child who had been taking care for years and before that taking care of another ... also for years.
This serial caregiver was exhausted, overwhelmed and moving toward burnout.
I got it...because I was it. She was on the tipping point into resentment from simply being willing. Our conversation eased her off the ledge because her feelings were reasonable and common ... but they were new to her. They were troubling because love isn't suppose to feel that way but overwhelm always feels that way.
Here is my patient's Happy Valentines Day 2022 gift to you today:
May you be be surprised by the love...that loves you back.