Monday, August 1, 2016

Thoughts - August 1, 2016

"Feel, he told himself, feel, feel, feel. Even if what you feel is pain, only let yourself feel.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men.
I am a big fan of Ms. James' mystery stories. Her quote this morning is appropriate for the program we're doing at work this morning - a challenge course with educators. Feel and think and do....and ponder the whys. We don't always allow ourselves to feel, fear of the pain and possible heart break, I guess. But it's difficult to love one's neighbor or one's self without empathy. Professionals in the medical field, nurses especially, are often told to be careful of feeling too much. I learned to 'click' my brain and go into "nurse-mode" and basically go numb. Sometimes it was very necessary to do that very thing. Sometimes it became too callous. I do know what it feels like to click that switch. Sometimes I need to remind myself to turn it back on. - Beth Almond Ford

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