…caregivers have some capacity to freshen the stinkiness in others’ lives (and thereby in our own).
I think that our experiences can give us compassion for others’ struggles, even those not tied to care giving.
Here’s a positive review of our book, which notes that it can reach into situations that are not just like ours:
This is a most amazing book. The writing is phenomenal. Each chapter is divided into three parts, and each connected to “gardening or growing something”. This book is like a meditation and it does not just relate to raising a child with autism, it can apply to any difficulty, one might be going through. It even relates to just life itself. I have given this book to many people and all have loved it. The depth of this small book will amaze you.
I think we can fight off pity parties (OK, sometimes) by getting out of ourselves and helping others with different challenges.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)