I know what you are going thru...have a feeling your brother might be the older one of both of you....is this true? Somehow, as caregivers, when we are thrown into the role of caring for a parent...all the old family patterns creep us and haunt us...They never really left.
For me I had been so successful in my own life that the old patterns didn't have an opportunity to surface. However, once I was in the role of caring for my father...and helping and caring for mom as well....all the old poop surfaced as if they never had left since I was a teenager.
The options I looked at were expressing my feelings and needs to my parents, helping them to see the old patterns...It wasn't easy but I did. My brother treated me as if I was a child....
I was the only one dealing with everything as it came along. Somewhere deep inside myself, I knew I was doing an incredible job as a caregiver. I decided that while my parents or brother my never really acknowledged me, I knew in my heart I was doing incredible work. This was what I needed for myself to sustain me to carry on.
After a while, both my parents were able to see the unconditional love that I
offered, the assistance and the wisdom.
Their attitudes began to shift and after a lot more conscious work....they were able to express their love and gratitude to me.
I believe I can safely say at this point..I knew what I had to do and did it with out any expectation. Once i let go of the expectations, things fell in place with more ease and less effort...Hope this helps you.
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Blessings to you.
IN LOVE & LIGHT