It can be difficult to always be kind with our words. No one on this earth is above that statement. However, being aware of the power of our spoken word can lead us to not only process our thoughts through our minds, but to also process our thoughts through our hearts before the words ever leave our lips. We have an unbelievable influence on the people around us whether we know them personally or they are a complete stranger.
In the field of Caregiving, our words are especially powerful. As our motto says, “When family can’t, We can”. It is unmeasurably important that we be compassionate, empathetic and walk into a client’s home with a heart ready to serve. This is not just a job, it is a calling. We are there to make their lives easier and offer a sense of fulfillment. We are not only caregivers, we are companions. We are not only doing a job, we are building a relationship with each and every client and their families who have trusted us with the care of their loved one.
Speak kindly and gently. See and hear with your heart. Let your words be uplifting, encouraging and meaningful. Be understanding when a client is frustrated or aggravated. You have the power to influence change simply with your words. Let your client know you are there to serve them. Let them know you see that they are a human being with the same needs as yourself. As their caregiver, you may just become their closest friend.
Below are lyrics of a song written by Hawk Nelson that put into perspective how influential our words can really be. Always remember to speak as you would like to be spoken to. One day you too will hope someone offers you the same compassion.
Words Can Build You Up by Hawk Nelson
They’ve made me feel like a prisoner
They’ve made me feel set free
They’ve made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king
They’ve lifted my heart to places I’ve never been
They’ve dragged me down back to where I began
Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart
Or put it out
Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
This blog written by Mary Michaels with Morning Glory Homecare, Inc.