Care givers come in many forms. Some care full time for little children while managing a home and even working other jobs, some take care of spouses that can no longer remember their names, some care for those battling cancer, or other physical challenges. Some work with those battling addiction, loss, and various mental and emotional health challenges. Some work in churches, hospitals, hospice, counseling centers, gyms, schools, law enforcement, airports just to name a few. You will find them in those places where hurting people are; and hurting people are everywhere.
You may be that person. Thank you for what you do! The world is a better place because of you and someone's life is better because of it. With all that is on your plate, please take the time to take care of yourself. Don't be afraid to take a time out or ask others for help. You are too valuable to those who need you not to take care of yourself. As you are being good to others, also be good to yourself. You don't need permission. It is part of your responsibility.
To borrow from the Soldier's Creed... You are disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in your warrior tasks and drills. Therefore, take the time to maintain your arms, your equipment and yourself. In this way you will always stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of hopelessness and despair that so many experience. You are a guardian of freedom and hope...the freedom that hurting people need to live life with dignity and the hope that someone does care.
To my fellow care givers who have been such a great encouragement in my own mission, I salute you...THANK YOU for who you are and all you do!
"WHOSOEVER PRESERVES A SINGLE SOUL..., SCRIPTURE ASCRIBES [MERIT] TO HIM AS THOUGH HE HAD PRESERVED A COMPLETE WORLD." Talmud, Sanhedrin 37a