Honoring the Angels Among Us

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English: Photo showing some of the aspects of a traditional US Thanksgiving day dinner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and I am certainly counting my blessings in a major way this year.  Although I’ve written about the importance of gratitude before, this past year forced me to go toe to toe with uncertainty – I left my home and moved to a new city, released a book that pretty much lays me bare, and helped my mother through a serious health battle.  But, once again, I’m shown that life, God or the Universe, whatever you choose to call it, is always there to catch us – working behind the scenes to lead us where we need to go.  With each trial my faith is strengthened and my awe for the amazing power that rules the world blossoms into something even more beautiful. My mother’s heart surgery from last week was successful but in the process I was reminded of something that I usually take for granted – that there are angels among us.  People, just like you and me, who step up on a daily basis to and take on the heavy task of ushering us to safety.  Doctors, nurses, policeman, fireman, and teachers all build their lives around the often thankless task of nurturing us when we’re weak, ensuring our well-being, and inspiring us to reach for something greater. They often see us at our worst; suffering, frightened, or discouraged – and yet somehow they find the patience to become a beacon of light leading us out of the darkness.From my vantage point in my mother’s hospital room, I could easily see God at work amidst the chaos. We traveled across the state to Shands Hospital for the services of a super-star Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Philip Hess, known for his success with my mother’s difficult type of aneurysm – he did not disappoint.  During her 12-day hospital stay, my mother fell prey to terrible panic attacks, due to a sense of helplessness and confinement, but despite the fact that they too were frightened (you could see it on their faces) the nurses muscled through, strong and methodically, restoring peace and order to the situation.

Nurse Anita Holle, Shands Hospital

While there were too many earth angels to thank individually, I would like to mention one person specifically.  Nurse Anita Holle transcended her regular job duties to also become a trusted confidant, advisor and guardian. In the four days she cared for my mother, she not only memorized the details of her particular case but also her long-term history. She took time to hear our concerns and offer advice, as well as bring a bit of laughter to a tense situation.  Although my mom has since been released and a new patient has taken her place, it warms my heart to know that people like Nurse Holle exist – stepping in to help lift us up when we’ve fallen to low places.

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So on this Thanksgiving – to the Firefighter, who willingly runs into a burning building, to the Policeman, who works to return not only our belongings but also our sense of security, and to the healthcare professionals, that selflessly nurture our bodies and offer us a second chance at life – I send a heartfelt “Thank You.” You are real-life reflections of Heaven on Earth, and for you, I am grateful.

 

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Finding Peace in a Chaotic World

Today is a big day – for the world – and for me. Today is the Presidential Election here in the United States and the day my mother is having major heart surgery.  Both of these events have the power to shake your center and work up some powerful emotions.  For this particular election we’ve been bombarded by political ads, polls and heated arguments about what’s best for the future of the country.  For our family, we’ve been forced to entertain ideas of things we’d rather not think about.  So how does a person find their peace in this world of swirling chaos? As usual, I find that the answer comes from the blending of opposites.

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When it comes to the election and the state of our country in general, I find it helpful to focus on the big picture. Yes, we face some huge challenges – but in truth, America has come up against obstacles before and not only overcome them, but actually come out stronger.  Innovative thinking, creative solutions and blazing a path into the unknown are the qualities that have earned us respect as a super power worldwide.  When you examine history, you can easily see that even our “mistakes,” and the gradual fine-tuning of details over time, have led future generations to a better place. That empowered view – from the rear view mirror – shows us that we will not only survive but thrive, albeit perhaps only after a few important lessons have revealed themselves.

When it comes to my mother’s surgery, I find it’s better to go in the opposite direction and focus on the small details.  Truly appreciating the gift of life requires living in the moment.  When you think of all the time we waste being bored, angry or agitated you realize that we’re inadvertently squandering the greatest gift we’ve been given.  Each moment matters – and what you decide to do with it is up to you. From this perspective, at my mother’s bedside, there is no such thing as a wasted moment.  Each one is appreciated.  The world takes on a softer quality. Things that once seemed important are revealed for their insignificance – and gratitude for the simplest of things comes alive with a vibrancy that cannot be denied.

While the results of the Presidential election have yet to be revealed, perhaps the path to peace and acceptance, no matter what the outcome, lies in seeing both the big picture and the small details. Either way, it tells us that we’re blessed, and it would be wise for us to remember that.

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