No person is an island, right? This morning, I’ve been reflecting on the “Care Web” we all exist in. This image came to mind:
Here are some of the strands of my care web which have been active in the last 24 hours:
- A friend lost her brother to suicide yesterday morning. She received the news just minutes before our scheduled phone date, but still thought to call me to explain why she wasn’t able to talk, which I was very honoured by – there were other, more pressing demands on her time.
- She is caring for the members of her family affected by this news (an international effort).
- I am caring for her by reminding her to “fit her own oxygen mask first” (an interstate effort).
- You, the WordPress community, have been caring for me by helping me with suggestions to boost my immune system – thank you!
- I am going to begin some work with a refugee family this morning, supporting their kid’s education in English and maths.
- My dearly beloved partner took care of various household chores yesterday when I was feeling poorly. (We have a clearly defined allocation of household tasks, so I appreciated him taking up the slack.)
- I helped the dearly beloved with some tricky Excel stuff for his work.
- I have, as usual, been tending my little garden …
- … and my plants have given me great joy and a sense of peace in return.
I’m sure I could go on, but this has been a timely reminder that we are supported by a network of caring, a network which we can both contribute to and rely on as needed.
Is your care web in good working order at present?