The Best Care Possible, by Ira Byock
Today, we’re sending gratitude to the caregivers in the world. Healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID crisis are putting their health, safety, and lives at risk on a day to day basis–often working without the support they need to protect us. Many other types of caregivers go unseen and often un-thanked–for their care of the elderly, of children, of the community. Mead highlights in this lesson the incredible gift of caring for, caring about, and being cared for and cared about. The patience to sit with someone to bind a wound, carry them to safety, and tend to them through recovery is an incredible gift, and in recent days we’ve all become caregivers in some aspect of our lives–whether that be socially distancing to protect our community, taking care of aging parents, or donating to our local food bank. Whether it be healthcare workers, parents or someone caring for a family member during this time, take a moment today to appreciate the caregivers in your life. And if you are a caregiver, take a moment today to pause–to reflect on the power of serving others. The Dalai Lama said, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” How are you serving others during this time? How are you showing your thanks for the caregivers in the world?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC