Five Minute Friday #2 – OBSERVANT

As a caregiver to my husband with advanced Parkinson’s Disease, I must be observant to every little change in his condition. Something small left unchecked can grow into something serious. So, being observant is part of my everyday routine surrounding his body and personal care.

But what about his spirit? What about his emotional and psychological well-being? I wonder if I am as quick to catch a bit of depression in him. Am I just as careful to observe his state of mind? I want to be so in tune with his spirit that I realize when he needs a word of encouragement or needs to talk about serious matters. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to talk with him about finances, about Heaven, about what he is leaving as a legacy to our children and grandchildren.

Similarly, when I meet a stranger and I look into their eyes, I am listening to their words, thinking about them in general, even trying to decide what I should say to them next. Sometimes I forget to observe their whole being. To take look at them as people whom God has created, whom God also loves. It is easy to get into the habit of glossing over people and details about them. Instead, I want to be observant to the point of feeling their heart, of hearing their heart. Most often that takes listening, not talking. By doing that, I pray that God will speak to me about how to respond to them to show them God’s love.


Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

13 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday #2 – OBSERVANT

  1. Love this, Cheryl! And to truly be observant as to how things might be from the other’s perspective instead of ours takes some effort. I’m working on that! 🙂

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  2. Ahhhh yes!!! I’ve been thinking a lot late about how I interact with strangers and the idea of wanting to converse well and show Jesus…observant is such an important key word in this!!!

    Great post and thoughts Cheryl!

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  3. Thanks for the reminder to listen carefully and to be observant. You reminded me that I’ve been reacting to outward behavior recently and not being careful to listen to hearts!

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