My job gives me the opportunity to intimately see into a person’s life…..in fact I see pretty much the whole spectrum from birth to death.
I’ve had the opportunity to watch 100’s of births and maybe half as many deaths.
After an emotional week at work which resulted in several awakenings, tonight my heart is full. Full of a sense of the struggles people face…
Sometimes silently… Sometimes in the public eye.
The sudden appearance of disease in your life; wrenching heartache & turmoil that you never dreamed of; or the pain of looking into the eyes of a lost soul, seeing the remnants of broken dreams shattered.
My personal awakenings included memories of my parent’s deaths mingled with twinges of regret; also the suicide of my brother 15 years before; who was my hero..my protector…my wizard.🤺
I’ve witnessed fame and the fall; anger and outright apathy. I’ve seen firsthand that disease, addiction and death have NO favorites. No one is immune. It doesn’t matter how famous, how rich, how respected you are, you can’t prevent tragedy and strife from invading your sacred space.
Although our challenges are different, the one thing that we all have in common is human bodies & souls 💫 that need connection. Gabor Mate explains it well Here in this easy cartoon drawing.
What it comes down to is …..that ALL of us eventually struggle with the same issues.
To think our time will never come or that our kids will never have to experience that deep pain is being very naive.
We all experience feelings of loss, regret, sadness, and guilt.
When those times arrive, almost everyone craves understanding & compassion without expectation;
A hand placed over theirs;
A gentle touch that says: “I’m not scared of your disease”.
Eyes that hold no judgement…. Just simple silence that says “I’m here”. A parting hug that says, “everything will work out”.
And most of all – A heart that says
©Samantha Waters RN