Needing Others and Myself
Time for Me, Myself and I. Oh my goodness, is it ever great to be home! After a nearly, twelve hour day, yesterday, at the hospital-plus the commute, it is so fine to be home sweet home. My Mental Cleanse day #37, I have been filling my mind with all kinds of amazing information this morning. I am being mentored by many and look forward to mentoring a friend, and then many more-one at a time.
So grateful for my warm little home and honey. I even had a break from walking the dogs today-no discipline walk this morning. Because of the rain, Tony took them later for a beach walk. I did cuddle up with Tony and the dogs last night to see “Enchanted”. I stopped by briefly to see family after work on Thursday.
Nursing Lessons Learned
Wednesday was very busy day at the hospital, as well. Thanksgiving Day was quite a contrast in working a double assignment. My usual Oncology assignment, is where I find many patients facing the reality of life threatening illness and focusing on building close, quality, connections with friends and family, while sharing gratitude for life. Not that this is easy or simple, however, the commitment to have quality of life shines through. The Emergency Room assignment, through my observation, was the exact opposite; showing the effects of many people wanting to over medicate themselves with alcohol or narcotics, in order to escape the challenges of life. Blame does not do a body good!
Needing Others~Author Unknown
Many living things need each other to survive. If you have ever seen a Colorado aspen tree, you may have noticed that it does not grow alone. Aspens are found in clusters, or groves.
The reason is that the aspen sends up new shoots from the roots. In a small grove, all of the trees may actually be connected by their roots!
Giant California redwood trees may tower 300 feet into the sky. It would seem that they would require extremely deep roots to anchor them against strong winds. But we’re told that their roots are actually quite shallow — in order to capture as much surface water as possible. And they spread in all directions, intertwining with other redwoods. Locked together in this way, all the trees support each other in wind and storms. Like the aspen, they never stand-alone. They need one another to survive.
People, too, are connected by a system of roots. We are born to family and learn early to make friends. We are not meant to survive long without others.
And like the redwood, we need to hold one another up. When pounded by the sometimes vicious storms of life, we need others to support and sustain us.
Have you been going it alone? Maybe it’s time to let someone else help hold you up for a while. Or perhaps someone needs to hang on to you.
“Friendship is a Sheltering Tree.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler, that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and hold’ , but ‘to give and serve.’ There can be no other meaning.” ~Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell, M.D. 1965-1940