FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/Hugs Are Good Medicine
Many caregivers who have attended the Fearless
Caregiver Conferences have asked me for a copy of
the following story with which I usually open my
speeches. The story is attributed to George
Carlin, but he always denied having written it.
Nonetheless, it really speaks to me as a caregiver
and, hopefully, to you as well:
The Paradox of Our Time
The paradox of our time in history is that we have
taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider
freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have
bigger houses and smaller families; more
conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees,
but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment;
more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too
recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get
too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read
too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our
values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate
We've learned how to make a living, but not a
life. We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new
neighbor. We conquered outer space, but not inner
space. We've done larger things, but not better
things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the
soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up
to you in awe, because that little person soon will
grow up and leave your side.
Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to
you, because that is the only treasure you can give
with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember to say, "I love you" to your partner and
your loved ones; but most of all, mean it. A kiss
and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for
someday that person will not be there again. Give
time to love, give time to speak, and give time to
share the precious thoughts in your mind.
Remember: Life is not measured by the number of
breaths we take, but by the moments that take our
breath away.What more need be said?