Good morning, Beautiful!
Reflection: “Some much clarity comes from hindsight + experience. It makes sense to make reflection part of our rhythm” (Cobbleworks).
January, for many of us naturally brings about a conversation on reflection. A look at where we’ve come from and where we want to be in the year ahead. For me, this year I’ll celebrate a quarter of a century of life and in that, there’s been a lot of reflection. Considering what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve overcome, what I’ve learned, where I’ve failed and where I’ve succeeded, and remembering the goodness of God in and through it all.
Some words on reflection that I hope you’ll ponder and consider for your own journey…
“On one day, I’ll see a mountain as a beautiful challenge that gives me a journey and a broad vision. On another day, I’ll see it as a blockage and an immense inevitability that brings great difficult. A valley can be an abundant center or a crevasse I can’t get out of. Just a short, daily reflection lets me see where I’ve been, how I’m responding to it, naming it, and interacting with it. This, in turn, gives me a perspective I can learn from which informs both my decisions and my imagination. I’ll approach mountains and valleys more openly, if I’ve learned how broadly they can be navigated. I’ll look at the horizon around me with more hope when I carry experiences that show me a bigger truth than my initial perspective. Reflection is not about staring at one’s naval and being consumed by self. Nor is it about making sure everything stays the same and clinging to the “good ol’ days”. It’s about honoring what has been, how you’ve travelled, what you’ve learned, where there’s a need for repair and what you’ll set down or keep carrying. Ultimately, reflection is about growth, but doing so with knowledge and insight born of our struggle and grace” (Jen Willhoite).
So….in case you hadn’t heard, there’s this little thing called Omicron going around right now…. Let’s just say it’s not making being a nurse the easiest job in the world, but hopefully it’s time is almost over, and we can get back to our business of supporting healthy moms and healthy babies. Sometimes the distance I feel between my patient and me is vast…the plastic gowns, the N95s, the goggles and face shields, the gloves…it all makes me feel a bit distant from the care that I’m delivering. But learning a lot in this space. Learning that there is power in eye-to-eye contact, that those moments of staring deep into that mama’s soul and reminding her of her strength are often times the only sense I have left to rely on when every other one is masked over or gloved up. Learning to be patient with myself when I get frustrated by the flippant remarks of those outside the medical field…those who give no attention to the reality of such a pandemic and those who pretend to know what it’s like. We each carry a different burden in this journey…let us not forget that and let us choose to truly see each other for the strengths that we each bring to this cultural moment.
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Love on your people & keep in perspective your beautiful legacy in light of eternity.…
Love and Blessings,