Who is your spark?

January 13, 2010

I came across this quote awhile back and have always included it in my Inspired Care and Inspired Nurse presentations. Reflect upon this for a moment…“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

For all of us there has been or is someone who kept or keeps us going. As healthcare folks I think this is even truer. Think back on times, in your healthcare journey, when you thought, “I can’t keep going!” For some of us it was in school. Remember those days? Maybe some of you are in school right now. There was that friend, or peer, or instructor that said, “You can do this. Don’t give up.”

Think back on any time when you felt like throwing in the stethoscope (or tool of your trade!). Maybe it was when you were training for a new job, your first job, as a charge nurse, an assistant manager, Senior Technologist, manager….it goes on. There was someone there for you. When your light was fading, they “rekindled” that flame. Sometimes it was with words. Other times it may have been through a helping hand. Whatever it was, it made a difference in your life. Maybe that person continues to play that role today.

The question I have for you is; “Do they know”? Do they know the impact that they have had on your life? Do they know that, maybe, you would not be in healthcare if it weren’t for them? If they don’t, here’s your challenge. Tell them. It is simple. Let them know! Write them a letter. Send them flowers. Drop them an email. Call them. Go and visit them. Let them know that they were, or are, the spark that lights your flame when you feel like you’re going to fade. This gratitude that you extend will serve two purposes. It will help their flame to burn brighter and it will fill your heart and increase your inspiration. After you’ve done this ask yourself one more question: “Who am I a spark to?”.

Be well. Stay inspired.

Rich Bluni, RN

Rich Bluni, RN
Studer Group National Speaker
Studer Group

Read a complimentary excerpt from Rich Bluni’s book, Inspired Nurse, at http://www.studergroup.com/inspirednurse.

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