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Partners in Wellness: Appreciated, Part 2: Relief and Understanding

tiny frog.Relief and understanding go hand in hand. It’s hard to bring relief or help to someone if you don’t understand what they are going through. It takes time to understand, as well as education and patience. Caregivers and partners need time – time together. We learn so much from each other.

Please, spend time together today if possible. Can you enjoy a simple meal together?

One dictionary defines patience as:

[a] capacity for waiting: the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.”

Can we exhibit more patience? What relationship/s or situation/s would benefit by you being more patient?

Thomas Fuller said: “All Commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.”

To fully understand, be in the know, or deeply empathize…we need to endure or suffer through it. OUCH!

We learn from what we endure; gaining a particular insight we might not otherwise. We learn compassion. With that understanding, we are better equipped to bring relief and get relief. Enduring isn’t easy by any means, but your care-giving pains/struggles are not in vain! You are learning, you are growing. (We all have growing pains; not just kids.) My family and I recently heard this encouraging/comforting thought:

“The worse day of your life

is only 24 hours long!”

– anonymous

Twenty four (24) hours…a lot can change for the better in 24 hours! Appreciation for time can help one endure.

Please, don’t lose sight of the “temporary” nature of some care-giving growing pains. As a mother of four, I watch as my kids keep growing, changing and surviving their growing pains. Caregivers and Partners can do the same! What time is it? Is your day half over? You’re almost there – keep hanging in! Keep enduring! Don’t lose sight/appreciation of tomorrow…a “new” day, a new lesson to learn…maybe a gentler one!

Caregivers and partners don’t have to endure alone or in their own strength. Don’t hesitate to reach out to others for support. (I am hoping you will find some encouragement here from my blogs.) Please, continue appreciating your loved one. Please, continue appreciating the positive impact you are making by enduring; the help, understanding, relief, comfort, encouragement you have the power to bring. All of us need support and help; divine intervention if you will!

Don’t forget: just like 24 hours has a beginning and end, so do our trials and our tough days!

This light-hearted, lovely kids song/video by the Roots brought us a giggle and smile. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Yes, “LOVE FAMILY” and “spread the love around” by being understanding, helpful, comforting, kind and thankful! THANK YOU for using your day to help someone and show love!

Lovely, love family:

Do YOU know your ABC’s? 🙂

  • APPRECIATE Everything and everyone in your life!  When we appreciate, we foster love and contentment.
  • Be THANKFUL and express it! Two important words: Thank You! Say it and hear it.
  • Care and comfort those in need! Bring compassion and relief through the understanding you’ve learned by enduring patiently.

Creative Commons License photo credit: H o l l y.

Partners in Wellness: Appreciated, Part 2: Relief and Understanding

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2012). Partners in Wellness: Appreciated, Part 2: Relief and Understanding. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 15, 2020, from


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