I got a card in the mail. Strong words that beg to be shared.
Written by author Leo Rosten:
The purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.
In many ways, it speaks to what care givers do when cancer becomes a part of life. And if you look at it that way, the thought sends a gentle nod to all of you who have made that cancer care-giving journey.
You were certainly useful….you had to be responsible and the compassion that came from caring for a loved one is beyond description. You made a difference; some of you are still doing so.
You didn’t plan for this, in fact, many of us didn’t know we had the staying-power to get through the ordeal, but we did.
I know you didn’t do it to get any thanks. You didn’t do it to get a pat on the back. You did it out of love and because you are who you are; some one who needed to make a difference.
I’m saying “Job well done. You have made a difference.”