Our hearts are so heavy this week. What happened in Las Vegas several days ago is unthinkable and just so incredibly sad. It’s difficult for me to comprehend the wide-spread ripple affect something like this can do to a community, to city, to a nation, but one thing I can know for sure, is just how important small acts of kindness are in fragile moments like this one we, as country, are wading through. They are everything, like little hugs of hope reminding others that the world is still a good and beautiful place. Stella and I decided it would be uplifting and thoughtful to share our appreciation and gratitiude for those who are working tirelessly caring for everyone who have been affected by this tragedy. It’s one small way we can help, a sliver of kindness that will hopefully bring a bit of warmth to several nurses, doctors, surgeons, and helpers who, in several states away, are offering their time, energy, expertise, hospitality, love, and compassion around the clock.
There’s a blessing I wrote in several cards, the one you see on the rainbow painted above. It was written by one of my favorite poet’s, John O’Donohue, who in this poem, blesses the valuable work nurses (and all hospital staff) do day in and day out. And if you too are a nurse who reads here, thank you for all that you do and give. You are a blessing to our world and your work is important.
“For A Nurse”
In this fragile frontier-place, your kindness
Becomes a light that consoles the brokenhearted,
Awakens within desperate storms
That oasis of serenity that calls
The spirit to rise from beneath the weight of pain,
To create a new space in the person’s mind
Where they gain distance from their suffering
And begin to see the invitation
To integrate and transform it.
May you embrace the beauty in what you do
And how you stand like a secret angel
Between the bleak despair of illness
And the unquenchable light of spirit
That can turn the darkest destiny towards dawn.
May you never doubt the gifts you bring;
Rather, learn from these frontiers
Wisdom for your own heart.
May you come to inherit
The blessings of your kindness
And never be without care and love
When winter enters your own life. – John O’Donohue
If you have a moment to spare, I think sending a little snail mail love to Las Vegas hospitals is a wonderful way to share your heart and light right now. You can send your letters and notes to the addresses below:
Sunrise Hospital Las Vegas
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89019
UMC Hospital Las Vegas
1800 W. Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89102