“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
This quote from the late and great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. caregivers understand very well. As a caregiver the very core of your being is always doing for someone else. Dr. King exemplified this in his life and ministry. Like caregivers, Dr. King sacrificed time from his life with the hope of making other people’s lives better.
As we remember this great social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the African American Civil Rights movement and fought for the equal treatment of all people even though they may differ in skin color or economics. We not only remember him for his iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in Washington D.C., his participation in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, or help in bringing about legislation such as the Voting Rights Act. But we remember Dr. King for his enormous dedication to service. It was in 1957 when Dr. King became the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was a organization formed to provide leadership for the Civil Rights Movement. Between 1957 and 1968, Dr. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. Then in 1964, at the age of 35, Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace prize. He then turned over the $54,123 prize money to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
Dr. King felt it not robbery to dedicate his life to service to others. Just like you felt it not robbery to dedicate your life to your loved one. Believe it or not by doing the small service of checking in on your loved one everyday, making sure they eat or even reminding them to take their correct medication. Your small act of service is having a big impact on someone’s life. While this is a great deed. Something just as important is using that same care with yourself.
While being in service to others can be life’s greatest gift, as caregivers you have to remember that you cannot pour from an empty vessel. Let this year be the year you remember yourself along with others. Take time to read that book you never have time to read, reach out to family & friends for
help, or even seek out local support groups that are geared toward caregivers. Don’t let this year be another year where you wish things were different. Make this year different by taking positive action geared toward the betterment of yourself.
Take the first step in making this year the year of caregiver freedom by talking to one of our caregiver guides!