Caregivers work long hours and rest little. Worries often outnumber joys. Labor Day is a time to recognize that everyone deserves a break from effort. Here are some quotes that might help you appreciate the value of what you do for others.
There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.
by Bill Cosby
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
by Martin Luther King Jr.
Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, some done, Has earned a night’s repose.
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
by Indira Gandhi
Indira’s comment shows insight: No one is standing in line to steal the caregiver’s job. It is a labor of love. An occasional break from labor doesn’t mean we’ve ceased to love. Have a restful holiday.
My job, family, and mind are ganging up on me. Ever feel that way? There’s too much going on. Yet it was hard to sleep last night while obsessing over my to-do list. When I woke up, I knew I had to somehow get happy before trying anything else. I’m alive, healthy and employed. Hooray! Look what else I found.
Minnie Pearl: a neighbor’s miniature horse
Friends just down the road got this miniature horse last week and invited me over to see her. Nothing wakes up your heart like the sight of a beautiful animal. Her name is Minnie Pearl. Clever, huh? [I guess you have to be a certain age to remember Minnie.]
We also had visits from the butterflies that hang out here this time of year. The picture below was taken with the zoom lens on my little digital camera. Wow! A hundred years ago we’d just have to imagine how this encounter might look.
The butterfly and the marigold have a heart to heart conversation
The guy below also showed up near the garage. It’s not a very clear picture, but the bucks usually run before I can snap a single photo.
An unexpected guest
So as you can see, no matter how much work and worry there is, just finding a moment to be amazed and grateful can do wonders. I feel better right now. I hope you enjoyed this little breather, too.