October 2017

I'm kind of obsessed with Brené Brown, but I am pretty sure I am not alone :-).

When Brené introduces the attributes of the wholehearted she talks about their courage to be imperfect, their compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others, and finally their sense of connection as a result of their authenticity which she describes as their letting go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were for connection. And underpinning these attributes, these wholehearted folks embraced their vulnerability believing it is their vulnerability that makes them beautiful!

As I watched the video and listened to her words I thought of my years as a bedside nurse struggling to fit in and be the nurse I thought I needed to be instead of the nurse I was. If you've ever been there you know how much courage it takes to stand in your practice - your power and honor the good work that so often gets translated into a myriad of tick boxes and tasks that must be completed before the end of the shift. We must choose the wholehearted path, which begins with vulnerability for in the beautiful words of Jean Watson: 

Maybe this one moment, with this one person is the very reason we are here on earth at this time…

Take care and care well