Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862
Began writing nature poetry in the 1840s, with poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as a mentor and friend. In 1845 he began his famous two-year stay on Walden Pond, which he wrote about in his masterwork, Walden.
The dreams I pursue are caught up in my life of caring for others. I carry on and continue because in being there for others my life is full and rich. The dreams of others become my dreams, and I follow them trying to help them find the way. When someone is ill or lost, the pursuit is evident. Restoring health or wholeness is the objective, and I am walking down that path with them. All of the efforts, the medicines, the words of comfort are the doors and windows of hope.
I strive to accomplish ends, but it is the journey that is valuable. Once I reach an end, I realize that it was the getting there that meant the most. It was all the effort to accomplish the goal that made the difference. Having a goal is good, but in the end, it is how the pursuit has been carried out that I remember.
It’s all about being more in the moment. Even though I’m trying to accomplish things for myself and others, all I really have is this moment, and I want to be with it well. Every encounter with another is an opportunity to be present and make someone’s life or my own better. I want to pursue every angle to make each moment count.
Divine Presence, may I never forget how much potential there is in each interaction with others and the world around me. Help me to pursue ends that will make a difference and do so with an awareness that life is good. Confidently seeing the opportunities before me, may I take each step before me and be fully present to its potential. AMEN.
ACTION: List your latest pursuits. Which ones give you or others the most hope? Discuss them with a significant other this week.
About the PhotographersKass and Eric Mencher are documentary and fine art photographers currently living in Antigua, Guatemala. Kass worked for two decades for alternative weekly newspapers in the Philadelphia area and Eric was a photojournalist for the The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he covered a wide range of national and international assignments. Both now actively use Instagram to showcase their work and Eric is a member of the Instagram-based collective, Hikari Creative. The Menchers also teach photographic workshops, specializing in iPhone photography. They have both exhibited their work regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Kass and Eric have worked together on numerous projects, including life along the Lincoln Highway (the first cross-country road in the United States), contemporary life in Lake Atitlán and Antigua, and a series titled “Compañeros”, a juxtaposition of their images, usually as diptychs.
They said of their work, “We’re honored to share our diptychs here. To us, when these pictures are paired, they take on a different meaning than if viewed separately. We hope that not only do they share similar content to connect with each other graphically, but that they connect emotionally with the viewer, inspiring a deepened perspective of the world. They start a conversation that you wouldn’t have otherwise. “
Nursing Heart is grateful to Kass and Eric for permitting the use of these diptychs in this series called, “Follow.”
See more of their photography at the Instagram feeds:
|Nursing Heart Friends, Happy Thanksgiving.
Back at work after celebrating the holiday, I hope you found yourself to be as grateful as we are at Nursing Heart for the many ways and people who have blessed your life. To all those who made the sacrifices through this past year to join us, to the many who have donated to help us make this happen, thank you, and to our partners, like Hombres y Mujeres en Acción, please know of our deep gratitude. This is a message that appeared in their newsletter this fall.
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|Quote of the Week
I will pursue my role in health care with purpose
with a goal to always maintain a caring environment
for my patients.
Marisha Dixon, RN
Family Nurse Practitioner Program FAU
Public Health Nurse