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In 2010 many of us experienced change. Change  brought about from the aftermaths of a shifting  economy. We experienced health related diagnosis and the challenges that comes with it. Some even witnessed a rebirth of their spiritual values. Whatever life had in store for us this past year, many of us learned valuable & lasting life lessons. But, then, many of us didn’t. We chose instead to continue down the same path into the New Year. If we don’t resolve to do & become better as one year ends and another begins, then, what’s the point?

The first week into 2011, I’ve witnessed the impact of change. One day after New Years Day and one month after her 102 birthday, a fiesty centurion in my care, went to sleep to never reawaken in this life again. On New Years Day, I was at her bedside, along with other staff members assisting in her needs, her neice in attendance as well. Who could have predicted her passing during the night. Nurses are trained to monitor vitals & this lady’s vital signs and overall status revealed no significant change in her condition. Her transition was peaceful…

Recently, I attended a retirement party for one of our nurse’s whose penchant for providing fun and lighthearted antics helped us cope with the level of stress involved when faced with work overload, numerous call offs and inconsiderate job demands. This professional nurse will truly be missed as she starts the next level of her life in transition as a retiree. Many younger nurses are resigning to look for better jobs and enhance their careers through returning to school in pursuit of their Masters… Young women warriors learning early life lessons in survival.

Life is about change. It is a truth that cannot be denied. How we approach change will affect the end of our days. Are we afraid of change? Are we relunctant? Yes,but it’s so much easier to embrace it, than to deny it exists. Adjusting to changes requires a shift in mindset. After 19 years of wearing my locs, I went and had them cut… It was time for change and I’m prepared to face what the New Year has to offer…

Peace & Blessing on your journey!

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