Reminders to be Grateful
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Just saw a note on a friends page about a tragedy that occurred to someone they work with..
Then I read another blog about a family that is dealing with a childs illness. So never mind the world news..or even the national news..just look around in your own area. There are those that need a hand, even just a smile & encouragement of a kind word right there just beyond your doorstep.
I worked as an RN at Childrens Hospital in OKC for 6 years. It was some of the most emotional, meaningful & rewarding work I have done in my years as an RN. We that are blessed with healthy kids..happy kids..whole kids should be so grateful everyday. Yes the kids with health or other issues are wonderful & I loved everyone of them, but I also witnessed the strain on the families both emotional & financial..& physical. The love of a parent knows no bounds..but the body will eventually struggle to say ..enough -you must rest now. How many parents I escorted from their childs bedside to the break room so they could sleep I cannot count...how many snuck right back in & even curled up in the crib with their babies I also cannot count. I never asked one to leave without realizing the fear that gripped their hearts and assuring them I would stay by their childs beside till they returned. I charted many a chart sitting in the dark by a crib..holding a flashlite in one hand & writting with the other. But I had promised that parent I would be there..& I was.
Now , as the day approaches that we say Thank You for Our Many Blessings..why not decide to see if we ..each of us in our own way could not find a blessing to be grateful for every day for one year? Taken one day at a time..hmmm I cannot ask anyone to do this if I do not do it myself. So .. Starting on Thanksgiving Day 2013..in my status I will daily post one thing I am thankful for ..to continue for the period of 365 days.
This has been a rather serious meandering about in my mind..but the occurrence earlier set my mind on this course.
Remember to tell those you love that you do..give hugs like candy & smiles like raindrops should fall from your lips. We have little we can give to everyone..but those two things are gifts that keep giving for a long time & cost nothing!
That said I promise me that I will print the following ..post it on my fridge & read it every AM..