So here is your JESSE CHALLENGE. Please answer this question:
How can a caregiver who is not supported, find ways to get a bit of help
and/support from people in the community that they might not even know?
And her reply:
Most of the neighbors around here only notice when I don't shovel the walk or mow the lawn. Instead of offering help, they just judge. I have asked for help, nobody hears. Plus, mom doesn't want anybody around she doesn't know. I've often talked with her about maybe some help, but she nixes it. How do I get the help I need without crossing her comfort zone.There are agencies around who would help. She doesn't want that. So, I've
given up. I know there are others in a similar circumstance!
Blessings .. Luv, Jessie
AND SO, DEAR PERCEPTIVE READERS, HERE IS YOUR CHALLENGE. Please send me your thoughts on this. I am aware that most people who end up being a caregiver (whether for an aging parent, seriously ill person, or other circumstances) are MUCH better at giving help than receiving, and are TERRIBLE at asking for help. How can caregivers -- such as Jessie -- get
the help they need? Send us your ideas.
We are always delighted when we receive compliments or appreciation for our books and other products. Here is a charming and hilarious one in poetic form that blew us away. (just a side note: it's a prayer to St. Rita asking help with his clutter --- which really made me laugh because St. Rita is patroness of the Impossible.) Enjoy.
Prayer to St. Rita
Oh dear St. Rita, please hear my prayer,
I have clutter and papers, files and junk everywhere,
I looked at my desk and saw my son’s scooter,
God, I would give anything to find my computer,
Oh dear St. Rita, please hear my plea,
I can’t find my dog, oh where can he be,
I have places to go but I won’t get very far,
Because I went to the garage and can’t find my car.
Oh dear St. Rita, please hear my supplication,
I can’t find my Express card, so goodbye vacation,
I was feeling romantic, a great part of life,
Yep you guessed it, I can’t find my wife.
Oh dear St Rita, please lend me your ear,
I can’t find my fridge and could sure use a beer,
So I entreat you to respond to my most fervent supplication,
And please rush me your book, on clutter and procrastination.
Rita, thank you so much for The Clutter-Busting Handbook. It has helped me
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