Theory-Caring is an attitude







Theory-Caring is it an attitude

Carolyn Coleman-Grady



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Theory-Caring is an attitude

Miller (2007) defines hope as, “a state of being, characterized by an anticipation of a continued good state, or an improved state or a release from a perceived entrapment.  Hope is an anticipation of a future that is good and is based upon relationships with others.  It gives purpose and meaning to life, as well as a sense of the possible. (p.17)

I was reading an article this morning regarding caring and how this concept changes and transforms lives.  There was a statement noted in the article that caused me to look further into this theory of caring by Watson.   The turmoil one experiences in causes feelings of lack of control, non-healing states and limitations in our growth (Marilenne Goldin, RN, BSN, MBA).
Hope deferred from the New International Version of the bible states, “Hope deferred makes the heart-sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).

Andrea Harrington wrote a book on Hope Deferred-keeping your Joy and Sanity on the Journey to family.  This book, providing hope to those dealing with infertility in the process of adopting or parenting a special needs child ( It is important to keep hope alive.  When hope dies we become depressed, sad and isolate ourselves from others.  Caring tags on to hope when caring and hope come together an explosion occurs, the fireworks burst into colors you cannot imagine.  It brings the troubles of life down to its knees. It gives birth to a healthy mind heart and soul.

Rick Hema of Ibotoolbox an affiliate of mind made a statement about up-lines caring for their down-line.  I believe this is significant.  It is important to put your words into action.  Many of our businesses mission statement reflect the following: “I’m here to help, helping is my motto, and I will help you achieve your dreams”.  If we are committed to our down lines than communicate and care for them.  Get interested in what they are doing.  Help them with a caring understanding attitude.  It will benefit the team.  The theory of caring transforms lives it means being interested in what is going on in the lives of others.  Holmes and Rehe’s (1976) developed a scale for adults it allows you to score your stress level.  It is called “The social readjustment scale rating scale.” The score you tally determines the amount of stressors in your life.  These theorists developed a list of 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness of course with all theories you must evaluate from its origin.  Caring is an attitude it transforms lives.

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Miller, J.F. (2007). Hope: A construct central to nursing. Nursing Forum, 42, 12-19.

Carolyn Coleman-Grady-An attitude of caring


7 responses »

  1. Hello Carolyn, you are right about caring and the motto that people say who they are. Yes I do care and I appreciate your blogs. I have been away for a while to clear my head about some things, but I care and appreciate your blogs. As usual you always do a good job of putting things into the light. Have a profitable and blessed one.

  2. The bottom line is that you have to care about others because if you do not then you are toast. There is an old saying that people do not care how much you know until they see that you care about them. So one must stop thinking that he or she knows it all due to the fact that if people skills are missing meaning knowing exactly what to say and what to do then you are roadkill and whatever else you know is meaningless.

    Lawrence Bergfeld

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