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::That Moment

::That dreadful moment, the terrifying, adrenaline rushing moment when your Patient goes unresponsive.

::That heart-dropping, stressful moment when you open your e-mail to a read of an error that occurred on your watch

::That awful moment when your brain is so foggy you don’t know what to do, you flounder as you search for the next step

All moments that leave lasting memories.

But we grow & learn from these moments. I’ve been told by many people that starting a new job is stressful. The first year as an RN is a year of learning. But being told something & experiencing it for yourself are two very different things.

The stress will continue but it cannot weigh you down. Confidence is gained from intense situations done right, but just as important, situations gone wrong can grow us, stretch us, and leave lasting impacts on our lives.

As I reach the end of my first year as an RN, I look back & see how far I have come. Situations I never thought I could handle I can. Things I used to balk at have become second nature. But there is much more to go. Lessons to be learned, tasks to be accomplished, knowledge to be gained, all come from experiences, both good & bad.

::That wonderful, confidence building moment when you catch a new heart rhythm

::That tearful, tender moment when  you really connect with a patient & are able to encourage them

::That awesome, inspiring moment when you realize…I am a Nurse.

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Lack of Inspiration

I’ve started about 20 blog posts….none of which have made it through the final draft.  I’ve started to write about several topics, all of which fizzled to nothing…


“Writing is a struggle against silence.” – Carlos Fuentes

This is a struggle I am losing, and to be honest, not one I am even used to struggling with.

Well this I know…

{Inspiration will come} 

not when I will it, but it will come

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Partly Cloudy

I longed for a taste of the sun! Two-o’clock could not come soon enough!

The past few days I had been arriving at work before the sun awoke & leaving during the cloudy or rainy afternoon.

I want my sun!

During my shift I conversationally chatted about the weather. Asking if it’s warming up, is it raining, it is sunny yet?

A family member responded with a confident “No, it’s very chilly and dark out”

In a very dramatic moment, my heart fell! Dark and cold? *sigh*

Two-o’clock can take it’s time coming.

But at two as I wandered out to the car, I noticed something. Despite being a little chilly with the wind, it was beautifully sunny out! Well in spots…

I guess you could call it partly cloudy.

I started thinking, as I drove home enjoying the sun, that so often we view life as partly cloudy. I see the clouds and ignore the spots where the sun is shining through. I get bogged down by overcast skies and miss the warming rays of the sun.

We are only given one life to live, what is the attitude we approach it with? More often than not the sky is going to be cloudy. Do I see it as partly cloudy or partly sunny?


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whatsoever state i am

Content: adj, satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else, desiring no more than what one has; satisfied, Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing

Content describes, it is an adjective. It describes something. Does it describe your mindset? Does it describe your attitude?

My mind turns to Paul. He candidly tells the church in Philippi that he has learned to be content.

Philippians 4:11-12 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

“Whatsoever state I am”

 State, such as a cold Mid-western state? Or maybe single, or student, over-worked, underpaid employee? Ouch. yup I fail at that. I find myself complaining and whining almost constantly! No wonder I struggle with my attitude.

So according to Paul’s personal testimony I can choose for my attitude to be content with whatever state I find myself in. It is something we must learn.

I find myself struggling to keep my attitude from being disgruntled with what I find my environment to be. I have to make the choice. Can my attitude be described as content? Am I known as a complainer? (you may answer that honestly)

I have been so challenged by both Philippians 4 and Colossians 3:1-12. These passages speak strongly about our mindset and how we allow our minds to think.

God please help control my attitude and teach me to learn to be content.

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