Much of what we do as caregivers can be summed up in two words:
Most people dismiss the value of attention
because this act of care seemingly requires no special skill set.
So, the thinking goes, if anybody can give attention to a loved one in need,
then it clearly isn’t very unique.
But here’s the catch—
so few people are capable of giving the kind of attention loved ones need
because not all attention is created equal.
Even though attention seemingly requires
no particular set of skills that can be neatly bullet-pointed in a resume,
it’s amazing how rare a gift it is
to give and receive attention without qualifiers.
This was as beneficial as the conference.
on Newbury Street
Friday was an amazing day.
I learned more than I ever expected.
I met men and women I have known about but not known.
It was a good day.