A Nurse With Attitude

Where Dark Cynical Humor, Nursing Issues, and Politics Seem to Merge

Archive for the month “February, 2018”

Thoughts on the Florida School Massacre

Anyone know what movie this scene is from?  It’s one of my top favorites.

“Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers. Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning. Lo, they do call to me. They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla where the brave may live forever…”

 

 “A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Even the ancient Romans understood that blaming a tool, rather than the person wielding the tool in an illegal manner, was ludicrous.

If a cop kills someone, they populace riots and blames the cop.  If a psycho shoots and kills someone, they blame the gun… and demand that the government takes the guns from all the innocent people who also possess guns. ..  Let that sink in a bit.

 

Take a Different Look on Things

Today I made the mistake of turning the news on. I found my senses instantly assaulted with stories of fighting politicians, corrupt corporations, and countless crimes. It seemed like the only news worth showing was mankind at its very worst. It seemed like the only thing they wanted to talk about was what went wrong today.

After a few minutes I turned the television back off. I poured myself a glass of wine, sat down at my kitchen table, and instead thought about what went right today. Today the sun came over the horizon and bathed the world in its golden, life-giving light. Today my little house once again kept me warm, safe, and dry. Today I had 3 meals of wonderful food that kept me healthy, alive, and energized for the work of the day. Today whenever I reached my hand down I had a furry head to pet as my cat shared his unconditional love with me. Today I got to hug and encourage my sons and see the joy that they share with the world.

Today I played with my grandbaby and was once again amazed at how beautiful she is. Today I got a call from family back in Alabama and they shared their lives and their love with me. Today I shared a few messages of love and joy myself. Today I felt God’s love for me flowing through all of His creation and encouraging me to once again spread His love, tell His truth, and shine His light.

When you are at the end of your days in this world are you going to dwell on what went wrong or rejoice in what went right? God showers this world in goodness and we need only to open our hearts to see it.  I’m not saying to ignore bad things, but instead rejoice in everything that goes right in your life. Give thanks for it. And do your best to add your own goodness, kindness, and love to it as well. By doing this you will be helping God to make this Earth a lot more like Heaven.

A Little Encouragement

In my profession, I frequently find myself very discouraged. When I was young I wanted excitement, so I got a job in the emergency department.  I found it to be difficult, very stressful and frequently heartbreaking.  I didn’t realize it in the beginning, but I would see death, pain and suffering on a scale greater than I could ever have imagined. I was weak, and after a few years, I began to question my faith and even the existence of God. This was a very dark time in my life. I saw very bad things and I even took part in some bad things.  I saw real evil.  Then, out of the blue, while reading a biography on Albert Einstein, I had a realization that somehow renewed my faith.  He said, for every power, there is an opposite power. So essentially, you can’t have evil without good. It’s the “yen” to the “yang.” But this still didn’t help me that much in my struggle. I would wonder why a drunk driver would mow down a three year old, or a convicted felon rob a store and in the get-away, shoots a single mother three small children.  And this level of tragedy was constant and every day, seven days a week.  My faith was suffering and it was killing me.   I eventually had to leave the ER. I now work in a much calmer, less-stressful environment.  I still have PTSD like visions of the ER. Mostly because I know in my heart that, even though I’m no longer there to witness it personally.    I know that these horrors are still there and going strong.

I now work in outpatient surgery and do mostly oncology surgery. I often wonder if I’m doing any good at all.  I actually put an application to work at Ace Hardware on Saturday.

I think it’s strange how God works. …

The Starfish Story

A young man is walking along the beach and sees thousands and thousands of starfish washed ashore.  A little further, he sees an old man stooping and picking up one starfish after another and tossing each back into the ocean.  “Why are you throwing starfish  into the ocean?” he asks.

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them further in, they will die.”

The young man said, “but don’t you realize there are miles of beach and many starfish.  You can’t possibly save them all.  you can’t even save one-tenth of them.  In fact, even if you work all day, you efforts won’t make any difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bend down and picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.  “Well, it made a difference to that one.”  he said.

I got this bit of encouragement from my friend just today….Thanks Lloyd.   It helped a lot.

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