“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”
James E Faust, 1920-2007
American religious leader, lawyer, politician, and general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
by Ron Noecker
Humility helps me remember that there is more than one way to solve a problem. Though I can be fierce in my resolve to get it right, I don’t have to be right. It allows respect for the thoughts and feelings of others.
For those who may feel powerless in the grip of a severe illness, my humility is a sign that I will be there for them. First, it means I will listen to those who need my assistance and then it means that I will respond with a caring heart.
Life is a corporate activity. We do it with others. Humility shows that I accept that the solutions that come in time will usually be based on many different inputs. Unafraid to make my contribution to the pool of meaning, I know my voice will be one of many in a vibrant mix that can bring the healing.
Divine Wisdom, with humility and grace, help me hold the tensions that come with trying to heal those who are ill. Aware that I alone will be unable to restore the health and hope of those under my care, give me the resolve to humbly accept the contributions of those with me. AMEN.
ACTION: Consider some circumstances that have required humility of you. How did it help? Tell someone this week what it’s like not to have all the answers.
Learn more about the above photo by Rosanna McGarrahan below. Our thanks to Rosanna for use in this series called, “Holding the Tension.” Credit is given for the influence provided in “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown in these reflections. Learn more atBreneBrown.com.
Nursing Heart Friends,
The next three months see us without nursing groups, but our work continues. As one of my first solo tasks as Executive Director, we decided to have an operational and program planning workshop as a team. During these two days, we reviewed ourprograms, the relationships we have with our communities and partners, and the big picture going forward. It was a time for staff to share their hopes and dreams for the organization while evaluating seriously, ‘are we still having a positive impact with everything we do?’
I am pleased to answer YES.
We also revisited the questions, “What are the communities’ needs and what are the barriers they face?” We compared those to the services we are currently providing and what we should consider for the future, while bearing in mind theUN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals. We had a lot of fun, and we cannot wait to share our progress with you.
Next week in this space, we will start to share community profiles. I want to first introduce you to the people of Pacoxpón, who we are working with to support them in attaining empowerment in public health awareness and education. This community is unbelievably impressive, and their leaders are leading the way to sustainability, both environmental and health-driven.
You canmake a donationto our general program fund and support our community health programs to provide medicine, care and education to those who need it most.
Quote of the Week
“Humility is the difference between a good nurse and a great nurse.”
Murphy Yoxall, Chloe Garrison, Sarah Finleyson, Michelle Kunkle, and Lydia Martzin
Clemson University Nursing Students Clemson, South Carolina
About the PhotographerRosanna L. Kunkel McGarrahan is retired now after a long and varied work life. She writes,”I worked for Washington State, spent 8 years in the Air Force as a Chinese Linguist, and then nearly 27 years as an oncology nurse. I have always loved to travel, beginning with a year in Japan during high school. I love to see new places and make new friends. I still have my best friends since first grade. My friendship with my English Penpal has also lasted nearly 55 years. People say that I have a ‘passion for life.’ I just like to live life to the fullest and still have a long ‘bucket list.’ As exciting as my life has been so far, nothing compares to holding a newborn grandchild in my arms for the first time.