Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


Willing to teach

posted by mpratt

Maureen Pratt Author PicA couple of blog posts ago, I wrote about how those people who are ill, infirm, or otherwise in need of care are not burdens on society but rather, they teach others to care. They also allow others to act in a loving way. Truly, caring for and about someone with illness or other chronic conditions is the embodiment of love.

But there’s a “flip side” to “we teach others to care.” No matter how willing to learn someone is, we have to be open to them, too. We have to be willing to teach – and to show care in return.

This can be difficult, particularly if you feel frustrated or angry that you need help in the first place. So often, anger is expressed outwardly toward those whom we need most. That is, those who extend care and concern toward us. Yet, if we act out of anger in the face of extended love and compassion, we are in a real sense refusing that care. And in so doing, we’re refusing someone’s offer of acting out his or her love. Perhaps refusing to allow someone to really be Christian toward us.

It is true that it takes energy to engage with others. Even a brief, generic conversation with the store clerk might be the effort that completely saps us of the energy to do anything else. Teaching is one of those things that takes lots of patience, time and, yes, energy. But it is so worth it.

Not only does our willingness to be patient teachers toward others help us in our daily challenges with illness and pain, it also helps “train,” in a way, caregivers to take care of others besides ourselves. For every person we appreciate, thank, encourage, and help understand, we are spreading mighty positive reinforcement – and successfully acting out our faith, too.

A hearty thanks to the students in our midst – and a just-as-hearty thanks to the teachers, too!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

A Praying Spirit: What works?
The longer I've written this blog, the more I've come to understand that I'm not the only one for whom prayer is crucial to coping with illness, pain, and other crises. For man

posted 1:00:41am Sep. 20, 2014 | read full post »

New Podcast Chat with Sean Herriott
Sean Herriott is the former host of Relevant Radio (Catholic Radio)'s morning program, "Morning Air." Over the past several years, I was a regular guest on Sean's program, talking about health and faith an all sorts of topics. He now has his own podcast, "Faith As a Second Language," and I am a gues

posted 4:51:19pm Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: Too Many Moving Parts? Here's Help!
  This doc wants bloodwork and so does that doc, but the appointments aren't on the same day, so you end up with 2 sticks instead of one. Then, the first doc needs more blood and another test, and a third doc insists you need another test, but at a different facility from the first one, so you end

posted 1:08:20am Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Look for Light
"One more doctor visit" bringing you down? Last week, I had two doc visits in one day, both of which were delayed and difficult. But, at the second one, a "God thing" happened

posted 1:27:45am Sep. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: When Everyone Has Their Own Ideas
Don't you just know, one person's rheumatoid arthritis is another's "Oh, it's just aches and pains?" Or, one person's propensity to infection is another's "Don't worry, I only have

posted 6:12:12pm Sep. 14, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.