One of the gifts of being a nurse- (and all healthcare professionals)- is that we care for people no matter who they are or who they have been. We are not to judge the actions past or present. We provide care for those who need it. It is very freeing not to judge another person, it is an exercise in compassion. It is an act of Love to provide care for those we might not deem worthy of it from our human ego. Yes, we get paid and it is a job, but it is part of our job not to judge. It is not to say we intentionally put ourselves in harms way, although perhaps that is an occupational hazard especially during these times. But not to judge people, but to care for them is a great gift. It has spilt over into my personal life as well. As a younger person I had a vision of how life was supposed to be, what was acceptable, and LIFE has shown me that it is often unpredictable, and some choices are just plain hard.
The choices people had made in their lives perhaps are not the ones I have made for myself, but my life on paper is not pretty either. Life is messy, it is that simple. There is so much beyond our control, and the things we can control can often be challenging. I want to believe we are doing the best we can in any given moment, and when we fall short of that we can offer kindness and compassion to each other because being human is a sacred but difficult task. The Spirit world knows this and showers us with LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT to go forward, we are never alone.