Small Steps & the Donkey
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Wanted to say a bit about …Power … The power of doing the next step…the power of increment.
Doing the next right step, even if small…, accumulates… and can change things in a big way… much like the way a small navigational correction early on a space mission could mean the difference between landing on the moon and missing it…
In providing comfort in healthcare, we see our hospice patients at the end of their lives, and frequently we are powerless to remove their pain… completely even with good meds.
Because some pain cannot be reached with medications… the unforgiven and unreconciled stories that THEY have lived …are many times… laid open before us at bedside…
It may even trigger some of our own human… and unreconciled stories that feel similar…which is normal.
Some pt have the fullness of a loving family, which they have grown … or by grace stumbled upon… or perhaps they have lived a life where we are the only people left to stand with them…
The IDG team has many capabilities … due to our inter-disciplinary professions, but we can only do so much… AND THERE is …a beautiful healing power is simply standing with them…no matter what. This is the POWER OF NOT-DOING… JUST BEING.
This ACCEPTANCE of “what is” , even when we cannot see beyond it… is key to comfort when facing down the Great Mystery at the end of life… ….
To summarize our IDG superpowers: … knowing what is yours to do - even if a small step…,,, doing it, and,,, accepting the situation as it is …because it is beyond our ability to fix
There was a farmer whose prize donkey fell into a DRY well. It was a deep well and it brayed and brayed calling for help. The farmer was a fellow of modest means - he didn’t have a clue as to how to save the donkey. He was sad but What COULD HE DO?
He decided that he could do something about the dangerous dry well…So he started with a shovel full of dirt, and kept up. He invited his neighbors to help with any fill that they did not need. Everyone had something, and little by little they filled up the well… and when it was complete, the donkey stepped out and went about her business.
That one step that we can do, that is ours to do,,, that one shovel full, is always within OUR POWER …DO NOT doubt the power of that small step…… because it adds up, to great power…