Over the last few months, I have gained a whole new respect for our BiosHealth staff! As I have shared before, my in-laws have been living with us since May after being displaced from their home due to a flood. Two families blending is a challenge in itself but I was not prepared for the life lesson that I would be learning.
There is a fine line in caring for someone and doing everything for them. My first instinct was to do as much as I could to make their life “easier.” I soon realized that although my intentions were in the right place, everyone still wants to contribute to ensure the house runs smoothly no matter the age. Although my mother-in-law has macular degeneration, she does not let that stop her. She still has the best upbeat personality and can wash and fold laundry like a pro. If the dishwasher needs unloading, she never fails in putting the dishes up for me. Yes, her eyesight is failing but I realized that doing these things for me was IMPORTANT TO her. I am so blessed to have an example of a “never give up” attitude living in my home, even if for a short period of time.
At any stage in our life, we all want to feel needed and valued. Underestimating someone’s ability is very easy to do. Working at Bios has opened my eyes to acceptance and also being aware of what I can do to make another person’s life better.
Even though the flood is a tragedy, I will have memories that will forever be a part of my life. I am thankful for the exposure to the “generational gap” that has allowed me to not only care for someone but also to be cared for as well.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.”