As a caregiver you know what caregiver stress is. It’s any stress associated with caregiving.
It may be physical, as in helping your loved one get dressed. Or maybe it’s emotional, like the stress in watching and feeling helpless as a loved one with a chronic illness or condition deteriorates. Or maybe it’s financial or social stress, or even one unique to your situation.
According to the dictionary, a rainbow is an arch of colors in the sky. In science class, you may have used a prism to refract light and produce your own rainbow. And hopefully it’s a happy childhood memory bringing a smile to your face.
This rainbow is a recent one from my backyard.
Caregivers need more rainbows in their lives. I think of them as a cheerful thought in the midst of darkness.
Do you know what causes a rainbow in nature?
It’s the sun shining on water droplets in the sky. I’ve often been cheered by a poem my dad taught me.
He went to a one room schoolhouse, and memorized poems as part of his education. The poem is –
There’s a rainbow shining somewhere,
There’s a light across the skies;
There’s a rainbow shining somewhere, Like a glimpse of Paradise;
Tho’ today the clouds are drifting Far across the stormy sea,
There’s a rainbow shining somewhere
That will someday shine for me.
~ Anne Campbell
If you live in an area where you see rainbows often, you may have noticed they usually appear in the same place in the sky.
Did you ever wonder why?
It’s because they appear in the sky opposite the sun. So if you usually see rainbows in the afternoon as the sun sets in the west, you’ll see a rainbow in the eastern sky. In the darkest part of the sky.
Are you in the midst of a dark hour? Have you found a rainbow to cheer you?
Rainbows can come in many forms. Maybe it’s a picture of a rainbow, or a special memory. Or maybe it’s just any inspirational thought giving you a brief respite from your caregiver stress.
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To your healthy caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”
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