14 Inspirational Quotes Every Caregiver Should Know
As anyone who’s ever been wowed by a speech or surprised by a bumper sticker knows, inspirational quotes come in all shapes and sizes and cover every possible topic. The challenges we face every day as caregivers are shared challenges that other people have gone through and are going through.
For caregivers, the best and most meaningful quotes cover a wide range of things, but whether the topic is love, patience, fear, courage, or compassion, the wisest words tend to point to one particularly important truth: that we are not alone.
This is relevant for all caregivers, and perhaps especially so for those taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia, since the experience of caring for someone who is no longer themselves can make you feel very isolated and alone. Below, please find a selection of quotes that we find particularly relevant for caregivers, along with some inspirational words posted to our Facebook page by caregivers who deal with the same challenges we all do.
1. “Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.”
— Mason Cooley
2. “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.”
— Chogyam Trungpa
On Positive Attitude:
3. “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”
― Amy Tan
4. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
5. “Although the days are busy and the workload is always growing, there are still those special moments when someone says or does something and you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. That’s why I became a nurse.”
— Diane McKenty
6. “Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.”
— Les Brown
7. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
8. “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
— Emory Austin
9. “Have patience—remember how you will want someone to treat you when you reach the time when you need a caregiver!”
— Linda D., on our Facebook page
10. “Keep your patience and give all the dignity to our blessed seniors that they have earned over a life time.”
— Sherril C., on our Facebook page
11. “God gave burdens; he also gave shoulders.”
— Yiddish Proverb
12. “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.”
— Mother Theresa
13. “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”
― Tia Walker, from The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
14. “No matter what the relationship was between the parent and child—whatever it was—this is going to be extremely challenging because it is not logical. There’s no way to deal with it rationally or directly. You don’t reason it out. What I’ve said to so many people is: we always must lead with our love.”
― Dr. Stephen Hoag, in our interview with him on Alzheimers.net about A Son’s Handbook: Bringing Up Mom with Alzheimer’s/Dementia
What words of wisdom do you as a caregiver resonate with? Share your inspiration in the comments below.
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