At work today, we honored our nurses with a wonderful luncheon, complete with cake and cookies, a lovely potted plant for each nurse, and a lunch box and water bottle - you know, that new kind you can put fruit into (like oranges or lemons or limes) to naturally flavor your water. Our staff physician also had a special gift for each nurse.
Of course, I thought they all should get a $100,000 raise, but, that not being either possible or probable, the luncheon was lovely.
The following is the meditation I used for the occasion. We each took a quote and read it aloud.
Ms. Nightengale was quite a woman. In addition to founding nursing as a profession, she was also a theologian. I have a book of her theology somewhere but I couldn't put my hand on it. So, these are quotes from her book, written in 1859.
Pleae feel free to share with a nurse in your life. Or, at least thank them for what is often a thankless job - well, except for the enormous satisfaction they get from living out their vocation.
Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.
Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.
I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.
To understand God’s thoughts one must study statistics… the measure of his purpose.
Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?
There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain.
The craving for ‘the return of the day’, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light.
I do see the difference now between me and other men. When a disaster happens, I act and they make excuses.
The first possibility of rural cleanliness lies in water supply.
Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.