Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A little perspective, if you will

Yesterday I was reading blogs and there seemed to be quite a few people having troubles with this or that, worried about this or that, wishing for this or that.

I mean, I get it. We all have bad days. We all have days where the rejections get to us, or our kids get to us, or our jobs get to us, whatever.

Last week I found myself wishing I could quit my job and stay home. I thought about how much I would love to stay home and enjoy the summer with my boys, who are getting so big and old and someday in the very near future, will be off doing their own thing in the summertime. But then I thought about all the people who don't have jobs right now, and those who would love to go somewhere like I go for work everyday. Some place where the co-workers are nice and the work isn't so bad you have to stay until eight p.m. every night. Some place where the pay is good and the retirement benefits are even better.

And I think of the important work we do at my place of employment. I think of Bridget Zinn who blogged recently about her Super Awesome nurses at OHSU, Oregon Health & Science University, where I work. I may not be on the front line, caring for people like Bridget, but I'm there, behind the scenes, helping people as I can in my world of Human Resources.

Yeah, so let's stop and think about Bridget for a minute. Read this article about her that ran last week in The Oregonian. If you have another minute, pop up to her name and read her blog.

Next time you are having a bad day, try thinking of Bridget.

On Sunday, I put her name on a prayer card at church. When the pastor said her name, and asked for healing and strength as she battles stage 4 colon cancer, I couldn't keep the tears back.

So yeah, let's think about Bridget. Say a prayer for Bridget if you're so inclined. Go to the auction and bid on something to help her with medical costs.

And then realize the gift that's been given to you this day, and enjoy it.

That's what I'm going to do.

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