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One Footprint At A Time

I was listening to a radio show the other day and the guest said, “You can drive a new car to your grave, but somebody else will be driving it home.” It reiterated exactly what I have been contemplating most recently …

We can measure our life by what we have (or don’t have) financially. But what about the other aspects of our life that aren’t really measurable. Have I achieved the one most important thing that I was born to do? How do you truly know what that one (or more) thing is? More so, what kind of personal legacy will I leave behind. Is it positive or is it negative? This is not a morbid thought about when I die but more about how I have lived. This is not a thought about what recognition I can achieve in this lifetime, but more of assurance that I did all that I could. To know that I didn’t let fears or insecurities stop me from being all that I was meant to be or to keep me from helping all that I was meant to help.

I was a labor and delivery nurse for many, many years. However, for the last 3 years, I have worked in same day surgery. I loved the job and the people that I worked with. However, as the years went on, things changed … management changed. I began to dread going to work. I was having a particularly rough week. On my way into work, I prayed that God would show me what I was meant to do. I asked Him that if I was meant to stay in nursing then to please show me a sign in His time. I also asked that if I was meant to leave nursing, then to please show me the open door … elaborating to make it very plain to see because I am stubborn and hardheaded sometimes. That very day I had a couple of patient’s that were having a particularly tough time after surgery. They were in the same room. When I was finally discharging one of the patient’s to home, her daughter in law looked me right in the eyes and said … “This was your calling. This is what you were meant to do. You are so caring and have such a great bedside manner. Thank you for all you have done today.” There was my sign! I could not have asked for anything any more plain than that! I stuck it out for a couple months after that knowing that He had answered me. Again after a particularly hard week and then a very belittling staff meeting, I decided to call it quits. I didn’t pray about it. I acted out of emotion. Do I regret it? No. But, I feel like I did not put my faith in God. I got my answer and still did what I wanted.

Deciding I was going to retire completely from nursing was a tough decision. But, deciding what I am going to do from here is going to be even more difficult.

As I was reading, thinking & searching today, I came across this article …

What Legacy Will You Leave Behind Have You Thought About It?

Sharon gives us a lot of things to think about. And as she asks in the article …

“Are your footprints headed in the right direction?” Maybe not completely, but I am going to get there one footprint at a time.


About nonnymoose2014

I have recently retired from the healthcare field, nursing. As I try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, this seemed like the perfect time to try my hand at blogging again. In the past, my success (or lack thereof) I believe hinged on my fear of revealing too much about myself. I have a desire to “put it all out there” BUT I want to do it on my own terms … anonymously! Thus came Nonny Moose.

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