Nonetheless, in the midst of our active schedules, let’s remember those who live with illness, pain and/or disability. We may have a friend, family member, someone at church, at work or a neighbor. Although our schedules can get crazy, we can prioritize and even give up a few things that really aren’t that necessary.
Often those living with a debilitating condition are isolated and feel lonely or forgotten. There are many, simple we can show our love that don’t necessarily take much of our time. So, let’s show them they are important to us by sharing our love with them throughout the new year!
We can remember them with a card, a surprise gift in the mail, a phone call, bring them a meal or arrange a visit. We can also offer rides to doctor appointments, ask what they need from the grocery store when we are there or fold some towels while visiting with them.
During the Holidays, we are often going in even more different directions with shopping, cooking, cleaning, hosting guests, parties and so many more activities. It can be overwhelming to say the least! Yet, we can make a point to invite our friend, family member or neighbor to join us for one or more of these events. What a gift it would be to be included!
For many, they may not know until the last minute if they will feel well enough to attend, so we should be patient and understanding. Others may know right away that even though they would love nothing more than to join us, they simply can’t. However, if they are unable to come, we can still make an extra plate or two to drop off to them or take time for a nice visit. For those who live far away, we can remember them by sending something in the mail or making a phone call.
For lots more ways to be encouraging and supportive to loved ones, see our book, But You LOOK Good!
Let’s work together to make a difference throughout the year!
Wayne and the IDA Team