Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate: Dr. Cynthia Speaks!

Caregivers: Here is a Quote Martin Luther King, Jr., Left Us to Ponder:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t’ have to make your subject and verb agree to serve … You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

As caregivers, the role often gets crowded by the many tasks associated. Indeed, it is a role of service. At times, it does feel like you are a servant to the numerous tasks that are essential. I ask you…is there anything wrong with being a servant? I would say, unequivocally, No! Many have frowned at the word(servant). The role is often depicted or portrayed in a negative way. But why? To be a servant is actually a high honor. The feeling of gratitude and appreciation is humbling. There are no masters in the caregiving space, only caring individuals who want to make a difference in the life of others.

In our current COVID-19 climate, we have begged and pleaded for people to serve mankind by simply wearing a mask, social distance, stay within your family bubble, and wash ones’ hands often. For sure, none of the aforementioned task require a college degree, but they do demonstrate love of one another.

I’ve had personal conversations with individuals who have passed the virus to family members because of their lack of care and service to others. As we consider where we are and how we got here, may I simply ask that you be a servant for others? We face an enemy that has no respect of person, place, or time. We have only one life to live or give. Won’t you spend it wisely? Be an agent of change, make a difference generated by love, be a servant!

Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman is author and speaker. Her book: From the Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor shares caregiving tips.

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