Tag: Purpose

Saving a Life

 

A student emailed me asking if we could meet via Zoom. I vividly remember that night and conversation. Our online chat was unlike any other virtual meeting I have ever had. The young woman was visibly shaken. She recounted any number of negative experiences, including the loss of her job because she stood up against discrimination in the workplace.

She was so distraught about her life that she considered ending it.

I had listened to her for the first half-hour and saw the darkness that enveloped her. In the second half of our hour meeting, I began to speak of hope. I explained that my Christian faith gave me hope. I told her stories about my family and workplace injustices done to me. But I pleaded with her not to give up. I said,

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Organizations that intend to do something need a defined Purpose: “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” The published purpose for Ricochet from the About page is: Since 2010, Ricochet has been the community for smart, civil conversation on the center right. Both the website and the flagship […]

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Every writer goes through seasons of great productivity, moderate productivity and no productivity; sometimes all in one day. In 2011 I started my first blog, The Determined Christian, and in 2012 I started writing my second blog, Voice of a Patriot. Both were great outlets for subjects that I was passionate about; Jesus and politics. […]

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Every writer has a specific purpose for doing what they do. Some write to share their observations and experiences; some write to instruct or inform, and others write to entertain; there are writers who work to appease an audience, and there are those who write to serve their own ego. We all have a reason, […]

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What It Means to Be a Caretaker

 

A few days after my Mom went Home to be with Jesus, I started promoting a GoFundMe page to get help to keep my house. A stranger on Facebook commented that I should have been working instead of watching TV for all of those years. I brushed it off because at the time I was too busy grieving and worrying to care about some stranger’s stupidity. You see, a lot of people really do not understand what being a caretaker involves; even those with family members or friends who are caretakers, cannot fully grasp the life of a caretaker.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there were about 43 million unpaid caretakers across the nation in the 12-month period for which they were reporting. That isn’t surprising. There are still a lot of people out there who care for their families and friends. However, what their page full of statistics does not mention is every caregiver/care receiver situation is as unique as the individuals involved. There are similarities, but when you include personalities, various diseases and level of need, financial situation, outside medical care and many other factors, the variables are countless. I can only speak of my own situation to try to explain what it means to be a caretaker.

Mom had COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and arthritis. In the last few years, she became a little more forgetful, but never showed signs of full-on dementia. She kept her brain busy with crossword puzzles, solitaire, reading and listening to Rush Limbaugh. She never stopped learning. Until the last few months of her life, she was ambulatory, but too much exercise wore her out quickly; she had to learn how to take it easy and let me do things for her. She always had trouble sleeping and that just became worse when she couldn’t sleep in a bed anymore (for about 15 years, she slept in an easy chair). She enjoyed long, interesting conversations about the Bible and politics, and she loved to reminisce about days gone by. We would get on each other’s nerves once in a while, but what a tremendous blessing it was to be here for her. I took care of her, 24/7 for 13 years.

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You walk a familiar route. Again, there is litter on the ground. You pick it up and dispose of it when you can. There is always litter these days.  And it’s getting worse. Every week there is more. You had hoped your example would inspire others, though that might not have been your full purpose. […]

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After the Great London Fire of 1666, the English architect, Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was commissioned to rebuild most of the cities churches. That enormous task involved designing over 50 buildings throughout the city and culminated in the design of St. Paul’s Cathedral – his landmark masterpiece.  For his efforts, he received a knighthood and […]

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Reagan’s favorite President, Calvin Coolidge, once gave a speech which had one of his most famous quotes, often misquoted as, “The business of America is business.”  The actual line was, “After all, the chief business of the American people is business.”  He was making the point that a press could be both purveyor of information […]

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