For better for worse used to be part of the promises made when a couple married. With the ‘fluid’ attitudes to relationships these days, I am not sure this applies anymore, but I am going to look at some instances where it does, and not only in marriage commitments.
‘For Better, for Worse’
It is easy to keep a relationship puttering along when all is going well, when we are ‘in tune’ with each other. We agree, we plan, we do things. However, this does not always last… we are human.
Have you ever considered the parable of the wise and foolish man? The wise man built his house upon the rock.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Matt 7: 24, 25
I remember as a child singing the chorus, with actions like these boys.
But I want to focus on one section… ‘The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house;’
Even though the builder was wise, it did not protect him or her from the rain and the wind beating against the house. This is when a relationship is tested.
‘For Worse’ Has Arrived
How will it be handled? All of us have experienced some of the ‘for worse’ in our lives. However, what about the people for whom the ‘for worse’ does not improve?
Many of these are ‘Carers’ – the men, women, and even children, who help a key adult in his or her life.
In the image the climber looks as if he will be successful. A great deal of effort has been put in to reach this point, but effort does not always change things.
The Life of a Carer
A Carer sees what others do not see. A Carer feels the helplessness of not being able to ‘fix’ the problem. It is not that they do not want to ‘fix’ what the other is suffering, it is that they cannot. Oh, there are little things that can be done to alleviate some things, or symptoms, but the underlying cause of the problem remains.
Sometimes the problem is definable and the sufferer and the Carer know the problem.
- It could be pain so ongoing it affects every part of both their lives. I talk here about the relentless pain that disturbs sleep, and limits daytime activities.
- For some, it might be caring for someone with a debilitating chronic illness that slowly worsens.
- Perhaps it is caring for someone with cancer.
And what about those for whom there is no ‘diagnosis?’ Only debilitating symptoms. The Carer sees but there is no ‘label’ for whatever is wrong.
Each one of these, and many others could be a blog on its own.
Over the years I have written on some of the ‘for worse’ aspects of relationships. However, I could keep writing and never cover all of them.
Links to previous blogs
And surviving loss https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/grieving-what-no-one-is-talking-about/
And many more writings dealing with the difficulties of living, loving and caring.
Still, they only scratched the surface. How is it possible to put into words the pain, the exhaustion, the frustration, and even the guilt when you are a Carer, and choose to stay through the ‘for Worse?’
It is not possible, although sometimes the words can ‘touch’ the heart of someone going through the ‘for worse’ season.
Many of my experiences, my training, as a Mental Health Community Sister, a computer trainer and assessor, and my years of experience as a Carer, have gone into the books I have written.
If you know a Carer, reach out. It might not be possible to visit, but how about sending an email, make a phone call, send a card. This is how we love one another. If you have suffered you will know that THIS is when you most appreciate love.
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