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Meditations for Carers

20. Only the lonely

Proverbs 27.10

When your loved one can’t get out, or only with a lot of difficulty, your days will likely be spent mainly within the four walls of your home (unless you’re fortunate enough to have someone to help, who can let you get out from time to time). Even though the person you’re caring for is there, let’s admit that doesn’t really seem like company. After all, you can hardly share exactly how you’re feeling with your loved one. As a result, you become lonely and isolated – all carers do, unless they make a lot of effort to go out.

But once you’re out, people ask you how things are – and the big temptation is to tell them! Sadly, even with the best will in the world, friends can find the recitation of your woes tedious. Family can feel threatened or guilty. The result is an even greater feeling of being all alone in the world with this terrible burden. You can plummet down into feeling that you’re the only person in the universe suffering like this.

Not true. It’s just that you’ve slipped to the bottom of the pit of despair and loneliness and can’t see over the top...

Taken from One Day at a Time: Meditations for Carers by Dorothy M.Stewart

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