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.