When my colleagues and I work at communication, our bond, our trust, becomes a shelter. We respectfully and honestly listen to one another. That mutuality provides a place where we feel safe to look at the challenging issues that face those we are serving. It protects our patients because we have honed a place of safety where all problems can be brought with care to the table. Being together is like getting into a good car and being shielded from the noise outside.
In the world of communication, I have to remember my responses come from the stories I have told myself about situations. Sorting out what are the facts and knowing my feelings about them can be hard work but worth the effort. If I look at the shelter I am giving to specific thoughts and ideas, I can change them and perhaps feel differently about something that is happening.
I want to find my cover in places with lots of air. Places where I can breathe freely and not have to worry so much. This is the kind of shelter I want to provide for my patients too! Even though it’s not home, I will offer my patients a place where they can feel protected and can find refuge.
Divine Shelter, in the shadow of your wings, show me the path to safety. With your protection from the storms of life, fill me with a confidence that I will always be able to find love and care from those around me. May I bravely offer my energies to be a shelter for others. AMEN.
ACTION: Consider how safe you feel with your colleagues. Are they a shelter for you from the challenges you face? What is needed now?