Before I begin today's post, I'd like to mention something. I am not unaware of all the controversy that has come to light this week regarding the bullying of special needs children by, not other children, but their very own teachers and aides. I will be addressing this next week, more than likely in a few posts. I just have so many disturbing thoughts and emotions running through my head that I don't think I can put together a coherent post yet.
In case you're not sure what I'm talking about, I'm just going to refer you to the blog, Solodialogue, written by my lovely friend, Karen. She has a link to the video that has sparked a firestorm in the special needs community, as well as several other videos worth viewing. Be warned - your blood pressure will rise. I was so upset, I couldn't even watch all the videos. Click here to go to Karen's post. And if you do watch the videos, please save your comments about them for now. I'd love to hear them next week. I have something special to tell you about today and I don't want to take away from that. Deal? Deal!
Now let's get on with today's post, shall we?
Tired. Worn out. Frustrated. Exhausted. Fatigued. Stressed. Burned out.
Do these words describe how you feel more often than not?
Well, have I got a special treat for you today!
A few weeks ago, I was sent a free ebook called Your Creed of Care: How To Dig For Treasure in People (Without Getting Buried Alive) by Caroline McGraw.
Isn't she the cutest thing??
Unfortunately, I was too worn out and busy to read it right away. So this past weekend, I sat down, determined to at least start the book. Well, lo and behold, I ended up reading the whole thing! It was that good.
When I emailed Caroline to thank her for the book and let her know how much I enjoyed it, here's how I described it:
"Let me say that if I had to sum up your writing in one word, I would say, peaceful. As I read, I found myself just relaxing into the book. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all to you but I hope you take it as the compliment it is meant to be."
I knew as I was reading along, that I needed to share the message of this book with all of you.
But Caroline has gone one step further and written a message to each of you. Check this out:
Hello Along Came the Bird readers!
My name is Caroline McGraw, and I write about finding meaning in your most challenging relationships at AWishComeClear.com. Having connected with Lana, I'd like to invite you to receive a free copy of Your Creed Of Care: How To Dig For Treasure In People (Without Getting Buried Alive). It’s a book about balancing the responsibilities of caregiving for an individual with disabilities with that of caring for yourself. It’s a labor of love, containing 60+ pages of true stories and essential insights on life alongside someone with a disability. It’s about living a life grounded in self-respect. It’s about loving yourself, so that you can love people with special needs from a place of peace.
Hearing Caroline describe the book, do you see why I wanted to share it with you? We're all caregivers and sometimes, we need to be reminded to care for ourselves so we can best care for others.
And yes, you read that right. Caroline is including a link that you can click on to receive your own free copy of her lovely book! Once you add your email address and confirm it, you'll receive your copy within 24 hours.
So, go download the book. Then wait until the kids are tucked in and the house is quiet and you're wearing your most comfy clothes and drinking something yummy and start reading. Let it soothe your soul and remind you of how very important you are to so many people.
Have a wonderful weekend!