As many of you know, I was active in nursing for 53 years. There were 3 years in training, 15 years in medical and surgical units, 5 years in psychiatric, all in New York City and 30 years in home health in Fort Laud, Florida.
When I retired in 2010, I was very happy. I laid around 2 years reading every book I hadn’t had time to read in the last half century. When I developed a first-degree bedsore, it became obvious I needed to get active again. But doing what? I moved to North Carolina with my two dogs and set up house in the country. It was lovely and peaceful. About that time my sister-in-law in Hawaii became very ill and I spent the next 2 years visiting them, helping my brother and her aide in her care.
I came home in October 2015 and in November Miss Colorado ran in the Miss America Beauty Pageant. Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson RN, by name came out to do her 5 minutes of talent dressed in blue scrubs with a stethoscope around her neck and talked about caring for her patients. The next day the “talented” women on “The View” ridiculed her with such brilliant statements as, “Who does she think she is wearing a stethoscope, a doctor?” and “What talent does she need to be nurse anyway?” So many nurses were infuriated and wrote to the show to complain that it hit the news. They invited her on the show but still those “talented” women didn’t get it. That’s when I heard about it. I checked it out on YouTube and knew instantly what I was going to do about it. I started writing, “The Spirit of Healing.” This is part of the first chapter.
THE HEALING ARTS
It seems that some people think that the Medical or Healing Arts are not art at all and therefore no talent is needed to perform them. Perhaps the misconception is because what we do, as healers, is not seen as entertaining.
This may be because in Greek Mythology, there are 3 Muses that most of us know. They are Art, Music and Drama. However, in Greek Mythology there are 9 Muses, Goddesses, embodying and inspiring all kinds of talents including Music, Dance, Science, Medicine, Geography, Globe and Compass, Mathematics, Drama, Art, Literature, Comedy, Tragedy, Poetry, Sacred Poetry, and Astronomy. The Muses have encouraged creativity, enhanced imagination and inspired all of us in the arts, if you believe in Muses, that is. But whether you believe in them personally or not they are part of our cultural history, especially in the world of entertainment.
Have you ever listened to two mathematicians discuss things with numbers dancing in their heads and spilling out of their mouths? That takes talent.
Astronomy is another art. If you ask a star gazer what he sees out there, and you really listen, he will bring tears to your eyes.
Globe and compass is an interesting one. Think of all the talent it took to sail across the ocean in a little wooden boat with a sail or two. Not to mention the talent needed to maneuver modern day ocean liners.
So, when I speak of spirit, I am not speaking about religion. I am speaking about our souls and our hearts. I am speaking of some talent that we all are born with and which some of us learn to use very well.
My contention about The Healing Arts is that they are not only Art, but that they are supported, by all 9 Muses, by the angels, by God and our very souls.
I also contend that the most talented healers of all, work on a spiritual level unrecognized by most of us mere mortals. For instance, Dr. Jonas Salk. Now there was a great humanitarian. He not only created the Polio Vaccine that saved millions of lives, but he refused to sell the patent to any drug company so it could be manufactured as cheaply as possible and be distributed world-wide as soon as possible. Me thinks he was one of God’s angels.
This gives all medical workers a lot to do. Most of us will never be famous but we will make a difference. Like talented and creative people in other fields, we also have to practice. Unlike those in other fields, we always have to practice while dealing with life and death issues.