Sometime after the sexual abuse secret was out, I learned about my mother’s unsuccessful attempt to become a nurse. With a passion, I claimed my mother’s dream.
In nursing school, I learned about the power of the mind (psychology), self-actualization, empathy, conditioning of oneself, resiliency, perseverance, and many other positive concepts.
In my over twenty years of service, I saw lots of energy, money, and time spent on addressing physical symptoms. I listened to the emotional and mental pain people were anxious to unleash. I observed people who didn’t feel valued. I saw the healing, miraculous, and sometimes temporary power of medicine. I realized that many of our physical complaints come from unhealed pain, and prevention involves getting to the heart of the matter.
I also traveled the world and met many people who helped me see that we have more things in common than we do differently.
Detours do not have to be bad. I am grateful for my nursing experience. I know that nursing played a significant role in building compassion, faith, hope, justice for all, love, right thinking, trust, and many other virtues.
What have you learned about yourself and the world along your detour?
Make this lifetime great!