New Sight

I am reading a book by author Paul David Tripp. The following passage makes a familiar … and often unlearned point.

“I had a friend who had quite a large rose garden. He was very dedicated to doing all the daily tasks necessary to keep his roses healthy. But it hit him one day that he’d taken no time to actually enjoy the roses that he was so zealous to tend. So one afternoon he did just that. He sat down in front of one of his rose bushes for three hours. As he sat, he began to see, smell, and hear things that he wouldn’t have experienced any other way.  Contrary to what you may think, the time didn’t drag on.  He was enthralled by the created glory that he was taking in. And as he sat there, he began to realize why those bushes were worth the commitment and the effort that he’d been investing.

But there’s more. After his three-hour gaze of that one bush he would never – could never – look at roses as he once did. That afternoon he saw, really saw, what a rose was about, and new sight changed him.”

Our calling is the care and comfort of those who are affected by illness and injury. In our desire to help … we sometimes focus on the illness and not the individual.  We can lose our joy and our perspective. So, I’m inviting you to sit down with a patient. Keep your eyes focused and your ears listening.  Remember your calling and why you chose healthcare in the first place – people, to help people. Open your eyes and heart to what you may have become too busy to see.  Ours is a noble calling and worthy of our life’s effort.


6 Responses to “New Sight”

  1. TDH says:

    Simple, yet profound… thanks for the reminder! It is easy to get caught in the daily frenzy, but we too often neglect to step back and take time to smell (and see) the roses.

  2. Hannah Reig says:

    Rob, I thank you so much for your leadership … and insight about “whys and wherefores” of healthcare as practiced in a large Medical Center. Thirty years ago I thought I knew quite a bit, as my mentor taught the healthcare studio at Auburn University, and he designed one of the Southeast’s first large, private room facility (seven stories … every patient room with a view of the Pisgah Range!) Fifteen years ago, I was quite sure I knew more about the healthcare environment than most, having added the “up-close and personal” experience of round-the-clock wound care, catheters and medications for two aging family members. But I really didn’t focus on “The Rose” until I studied it while connected to drains, ports, pumps and monitors. While I wouldn’t deliberately wish it for all who care for the ill, the “Wounded Healer” perspective has brought the greatest clarity to my work. Thank you for giving me a special place to see others gain better health, in every way possible.

  3. BETH KING says:

    That was wonderful to read. I too, have had to stop at times to remember what my true calling is. I love bedside nursing, but sometimes find myself task oriented and not people oriented. I needed that message and would like to express my gratitude for sharing it!

  4. DAG says:

    Thank you so much for giving us a well-said reminder of our purpose. It is so easy to not only get caught up in our daily tasks, but to also “lump” our patients together. Each is a special individual with special needs and special blessings they give to us. We all need to sit back and regroup more regularly than we do.

    Thanks again!

  5. Melanie White says:

    Rob, I really appreciated these comments.