Even unexpected good news can bowl us over.
Melissa was surprised when I proposed to her. She remembers it as one of the few times she was at a loss for words. (fortunately she gasped out “Yes”).
Christians celebrate Easter, when the first reaction to Jesus’ empty tomb was,
…they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid (Mark 16:8).
Care giving usually begins with a surprise. Generally, it is a traumatic incident or an unwelcome diagnosis at the doctor’s office.
But even that kind of “bad news” can lead to surprises that become blessings over time.
If you’ve not heard this talk by Pamela Nelson, give yourself the 13 minutes to listen. She comes to “12 Tips” for caregivers. Some of these reflect surprises that “come our way” as we care for someone else.
I recognized several of them. They were things I resisted in my pre-caregiver life, but discovered as welcome surprises along the way.
For example, she mentions taking breaks instead of storming from task to task. That was a surprise that improved my life. I spent years in the “Type A” mode, feeling alive and productive by rushing from one thing to the next. With care giving, I found it a source of frustration, not just for me but for my loved ones. We all enjoy our days and one another more when I intentionally slow down and take breaks, often to just hang out with them.
Give it a listen. Which of her 12 tips speak to you?
And while I’m at it, Happy Easter and springtime blessings to you and yours. May welcome surprises come.