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Nursing – A Spark of Love that Ignites Humanity

NursingThe immense and breathtaking power and expression of Love is manifested in many ways in this world.  None, however, touch the heart, literally and figuratively, and as powerfully, as the everyday acts of caring exhibited by Nurses everywhere.

At their core, Nurses share a common trait, extraordinary compassion for others.  Whether it involves physically aiding an individual to walk from a hospital bed to the restroom or assisting in an open-heart operation in surgery, Nurses transform that acute sense of compassion into observable, notable and meaningful behaviors that are not only seen with human eyes, but are felt within our hearts.

Surgical RN Kathy Cerkas cradles one of the bright moments of the week in Haiti; a newborn brought into the world by our team

Surgical RN Kathy Cerkas cradles one of the bright moments of the week in Haiti; a newborn brought into the world by our team

I would be remiss not to offer that I believe my words speak authentically to the heart of the matter as I have been married to a Nurse for over 35 years (yes, the same Nurse).  Firsthand experience has ranged from personal witness in the Operating Room to observing an undeniable passion for helping others, whether they be complete strangers, friends, neighbors or family.

Heart_in_Hand_ValuesIt is no wonder, then, that Nurses have been formally endowed and recognized with their own week of adoration and respect.  In reality, they should be recognized in an ongoing fashion; their work is that amazing.  I’m sure every one of us has at least one first-hand memory of witnessing a caring Nurse demonstrate genuine compassion for another human being.

To all Nurses in the world, I humbly and sincerely thank you for your dedication, compassion, application of knowledge and commitment to the health and well-being of your fellow human beings.  Be well.


ABC’s of the Redemptive Alphabet

BXP26284In so many ways, each of us gets caught up in the hectic, decision-laden and stressful aspects of that 24-hour experience called Life.  And then, we “Rinse and Repeat”.  We juggle multiple priorities and tasks, we are required to make numerous decisions (some as a result of technology) and we allow ourselves to be distracted, agitated and stressed by far too many things.  As much as we are each unique in the eyes of God, we are patently similar in this regard.

The solution to this dilemma, this seemingly never-ending maze of confusion, frustration and bombardment of information by the outside world; is amazingly simple, if only we internalize it, focus on it and most importantly, apply it as we navigate the oft-time rough seas of daily life.

That solution I call the “ABC’s of the Redemptive Alphabet” and it goes something like this:

  • [A] Altruism – The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.
  • [B] Benevolence – Desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one’s fellow creatures.
  • [C] Compassion – Feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

Most importantly, the common thread or vein running through these synergistic behaviors is a focus on others.  I’ve found this path to be, against all temptations, the most surefire and effective method of personal development.  At first glance it appears to be counter-intuitive, however, after some deep reflection about it, hopefully it will become obvious that the essence of focusing on others, in addition to actually becoming aware of their needs, strengths and behaviors, is to become aware of your own unique and special digestion, processing and reaction to them.  In short, the recognition, awareness and acceptance of your core values, ideas and beliefs.Mahatma-Gandhi

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”Mahatma Gandhi

Paradoxically, it is only by paying attention to others, that we learn about ourselves and also about humility and servant leadership.  And oh, what enormously powerful knowledge that self-awareness truly is!  Many people spend a lifetime attempting to learn who they are, or at a minimum, simply learning how important it is to know yourself.  Once armed with that sacred knowledge, we can effectively align our thoughts, ideas, reactions and behaviors toward living a focused and disciplined life, ultimately realizing our true calling, spirit, nature and authenticity.

For those that haven’t yet begun or are in the midst of that journey, there is no time like the present to embark on it.

Christopher-Columbus“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” Christopher Columbus

Godspeed and health to you on your Journey…

Top 10 ways to truly find Yourself

Start focusing more on other people:

10. Observe their behavior, their words and what is not said
9. Notice their body language when they interact with others
8. Measure how much time they spend listening as opposed to speaking
7. Detect the presence of a smile in their eyes and kindness in their words
6. Watch for respect for others by offering their help if needed
5. Remember how they speak about others when they are not present
4. Monitor the amount of time they invest in their interactions with others
3. Look for the values they express in their communications
2. Listen for the conviction in what they say
1. Pay attention to the compassion of their presence

Then, when you digest and synthesize all this information, consider how you would like to be treated as the ‘other person’ and then make a conscious decision and commitment to mirror and BE that way to others.  This is how you find yourself.

Make reflection become reality.  You will be absolutely amazed how positively others will begin to respond to you and your presence.

“For this is Me”

by Michael Cerkas

I live to Love, I live to Be

      For this I Long, for this is Me.

I think of You, I think of All

      How grand is Life, how great the Call.

For others Woe, for others Strain

      I feel the Hurt, I suffer their Pain.

To simply Help, to simply Try

      For this I Live, for this I Die.

To live Forever, to live in Light

      I’ve found my Place, I know it’s Right.

There is all Love, there is all Peace,

      My senses Feel, Distractions Cease.

Now perfect Is, now perfect Still

      Behold my Lord, behold His Will.

I am what I Am, for all to See

        My Trumpet Declares, for This is Me.

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