Great 4th quarter at Super Bowl last night. Here I went to bed after the 3rd quarter thinking the Seattle Seahawks had it in the bag.
Fatigue being on my mind, I awoke at 3 a.m. with the curious phrase 'compassion fatigue'. I was curious about the end of the game, too, but turned over instead. So, this morning, after reading what I'd missed in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, I looked up 'compassion fatigue' . Here's what I found in an article http://www.thinkkindness.org/kindness-combats-compassion-fatigue/
Quotes are in bold type.
Compassion fatigue is a repeated inability to alleviate suffering.
In a 24/7/365 setting. Like when you are responsible for taking care of an elderly parent, or a chronically or terminally ill spouse or child, and are wildly unsuccessful. Or you are responsible for a physically or mentally ill or addicted parent and you're their kid and unless you coddle them they aren't going to make supper for you.
Caregivers who suffer from compassion fatigue may actually justify experiencing the symptoms as part of the act of, or “cost” of, caring.
- Empathy depletion and, ultimately, apathy
- The very essence of humanity is [then] diminished
I hope you're happy with the way things turned out!
Have a wonderful day