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Born in 1950, I am a dinosaur, who grew up in the days of black and white television. Our view of the world and beyond appeared in lifeless shades of gray. The First Moonwalk, July 20, 1969, came to life on our portable black and white TV. It was considered portable, not because you could carry it with you, but because it was not encased in a cumbersome, wooden cabinet.
And then it happened! Color TV was invented and flooded the market. Stimulating hues tantalized our senses. The world and the heavens came to life.
Color is a way to express our souls. What we wear conveys a message, a first impression. A co-worker once commented that all I wore were dark colors and that I should brighten up my look. I was taken back by the loving criticism because I thought I had been conveying a professional image. The REAL ME loves hot, Carribean colors. How odd that I had chosen to silence my inner being and portray a somber image of black, navy and gray.
I am learning to listen to my spirit. It is difficult to quiet the ego and soar as the Cardinal in his “here I am” red. Be brave! Join me! Follow technology’s lead. Cast off the blacks, whites and grays for LIVING COLOR. Be bold! Make a statement! Grab a crayon. It is your blank page to color every day. Your inner child will thank you.
There are so many unsung heroes I could never list them all. Today, I want to focus on those that care for the ill and aged.
Our bodies are miraculous creations. Think of the complex systems that work in concert: musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, integumentary system, urinary system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, nervous system and reproductive system. But when the delicate balance is destroyed, illness and injury prevail.
Every day across this planet there are those who have elected to care for others. As long as we are strong and cocky, we never give them a thought. But, each one of us will become dependent on the kindness and knowledge of the medical community, those individuals who go to work each day to face heart wrenching stories with a smile. Some battles they can win, some will be lost and others will gradually unfold. Patient need is 24 hours, 7 days a week. Illness and injury do not take weekends, vacations and holidays off.
Healthcare is a business for the bean counters, which is a necessary evil, so that quality care is available. But, the warriors are those who study and practice countless years. They continue to learn, research and grow in their crafts as they treat their patients with compassion. Their patients are given comfort and hope.
My plea is that you take a minute to remember someone who has helped you in your darkest hour. Give thanks and extend a hand to another as our unsung heroes do every day.