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Do The Next Right Thing

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger
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August 30, 2022 3:30 am

Do The Next Right Thing

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger

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August 30, 2022 3:30 am

If caregivers mapped out a decision tree for our daily lives, it would look like a forest. Each day we’re faced with numerous choices – and most seem filled with unpleasant outcomes. Sometimes the decisions before us have a paralyzing effect, and we don’t know what to do next.

 

In those moments, we serve ourselves well to choose the next right thing as our action step. The big problems become more approachable when our heads and hearts calm down.

 

For that to happen, our decisions require “reduction.”

 

Unlike the giant single unpleasant task of “eating the elephant one bite at a time,” decision reduction helps us focus by redirecting our eyes from the myriad of choices to the micro-steps in our path. Maybe the next right thing is to drink some water, sit down with a bowl of soup, take a nap or even go on a walk. Although the problem usually remains, we tackle it better with a calmer and more disciplined mind.

 

When offered this path, we invariably know the next right thing to do; we just usually need permission – not from others but ourselves.

 

The Bible supports this when affirming that God’s word is “…a lamp unto my feet.” 

 

It’s a lamp – not a searchlight. Do the next right thing – with the light provided.

 

“Not until we are lost do we being to understand ourselves.”- Henry David Thoreau.   

 

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The heart ache that you carry as you want somebody struggle suffer and it could be something like autism could be addiction could be alcoholism could be mental illness, the Alzheimer's, cancer know in to the afflictions that we face in this world, this broken world.

There's always a caregiver somewhere in orbit around that individual and that caregiver struggles in the dark places of the night with Arbuckle to get through this with little to do, how to processes how Adil was being cursed at while I'm trying to change an adult diaper. How do I deal with somebody who was spiraling out of control with addiction. All of these things cause great angst for the family caregiver of this program. We don't talk a lot about caregiver being the task, because all the task.

There most of her just wanted done you do it one time you got it you know how to do it and it's not what keeps us up late at night. What does that forces the fear and the guilt, the despair, the rage, the resentment, all those things that just forget us. How do we reshape our minds. How do we change the way we do things in order to deal with these realities. If caregivers mapped out a decision tree for our lives. It would look like a forest you were each. They were face with all these choices and what we do and and and most of them seem filled with unpleasant outcomes and it seems like there's no good path. What we do. Have you ever stayed up late at night talking to your ceiling fan. What I gotta do whatever that it would look at the ceiling fan answer if your ceiling fan is answer you that we have a different conversation put I have it on good authority that most ceiling fans do not answer. Maybe we should stop asking the ceiling for maybe we should go to the word of God, because God does speak to those places. He does speak to that fear. He does speak to that guilt that despair that anger that rage that resentment that uncertainty that lack of clarity. All of those things you dresses in Scripture may not be, you know, and in context of your unique situation or my unique situation of look through the entire Scripture I would see anybody carrying in Scripture for a wife who said 80+ surgeries.

Both legs amputated and been doing this for almost 40 years. I would sing that in Scripture, but I've seen a lot of places in Scripture talks about worry, despair, anger, Harting and all the things that we feel is caregivers and the decisions that lie before us can be so daunting that it paralyzes a suite we don't know what to do next.

So what does Scripture say well if you don't know what to do if you're already wisdom, let him ask. There's wisdom in a multitude of counselors all kinds of Scriptures addresses but in those moments when we are just perilous weeks, we don't know what to do here something based on scriptural principles. You do the next right thing is her action step was the next right thing in the big problems become more approachable, what our heads and hearts calm down and so we we have to learn to Culberson's does the one of the biggest challenges we face as a caregiver in and for that to happen.

Our decisions often require for lack of better word reduction and unlike you don't you've heard the phrase eating elephant one bite at a time that's I want to talk about.

I'm tired. But decision reduction and it helps us focus by redirecting our house from all the choices we have, to the micro steps that are right in her path. You may be the next right thing to do is drink some water you that story. By the way of Elijah after he had the big brouhaha is the word people you look with the profits of bail and fire came down and burn them up, and all it can stuff in and it was huge victory and burn them up and burned up the altered sacrifice.

Then he got Jezebel was after him, so he randomly was afraid he really read of the wilderness and he started heading towards basically Mount Sinai's words going and along the way he fell asleep in an Angel Lord Cayman and had a meal for woke them up with the stickers of the workbook should keep awake and said you don't get up, eat yellow journey had the next right thing may be just to have a good meal heart healthy meal. It may be bonuses take a nap or even go on a walk that may be the next right thing for you to do.

The problem usually remains matter what we do but we could tackle it better with a calm or in the more disciplined mind now when we start thinking like this you let me know. Let me know if I'm hitting it wrong. But I think we all invariably know what the next right thing to do is mean the immediate thing not trying to solve the multimillion dollar hospital bill of just what's the next right thing to do and we usually know what that is. We just often require permission and usually from ourselves. Take everybody else's voice out of the equation. Take all those voices out of the equation. Just be still for a moment and say okay what's the next right thing. I need to do.

Are you hungry are you angry are you lonely you tired one of those spill hungry, angry, lonely, tar spells halt.

Just stop from Adobe that I was brilliant. This halt think about what are you are you hungry needs. Are you angry and cool off, drink some water go for walk you lonely phone different possible retired, they can map we don't always know how to tackle the big things we really don't.

But we do know what the next right thing is ever given direction on this in Scripture system bounces God's word is a lamp unto my feet, not a searchlight it's a lamp do the next right thing with the light that is provided. Stay focused on just the next right thing do you find yourself calming down, settling down and then you can you can move into the next issues that we had to do with maybe learn to ask for help or whatever, but right now just to the next right thing. Are you hungry you angry you lonely are you tired if you're any of those things and just take an address that will go to the next next do the next right thing.

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