HOW PRO-LIFE ARE YOU?

Anti-Abortion is pro-life.

But Pro-Life is not so simple. Pro-Life is short for, the promotion of life.” of which anti-abortion is only a small part.

Other parts of Pro-Life include:

  • Care of the fetus before and after birth
  • Maternal health care before and after birth
  • Medical care for both mother and unborn child
  • Medical care for both mother and child after birth
  • Nutrition
  • A Home in a safe environment
  • Education
  • Adoption
  • Contraception
  • Family planning

There are many more issues to protect the child and ensure its life and well-being that will come up in this discussion.

Women who see themselves as being on one side or the other I call on you, beg of you to join forces for the health of every unborn and new infant and their mothers in our country. Together, I know we can do a hundred times more good for everyone involved than we can fighting each other.

If you have any thoughts about this I look forward to your comments.

THE SPIRIT OF PRO-LIFE

Many of you know how frustrating it can be to want to prevent abortions and save the lives of unborn children when it seems your only recourse is to urge the passage of laws making them illegal or at least hard to come by.
I don’t know of any woman who thinks of an abortion as a good thing but rather as a sad answer to a sadder problem. Any unwanted baby is cause for tears.

Yet the frustration for people who want the freedom to plan their families, prevent unwanted pregnancies and even seek abortions is just as severe.

Women on both sides have resorted to carrying signs, marching in parades and shouting at each other with no satisfaction on either side.

Seems to me it would be useful to actually explore what Pro-Life is all about, what it means to each of us and what we can do together to reduce the number of abortions and promote the births of healthy wanted babies.

Light Connects Us All

LIGHT

It is no wonder to me that Florence Nightingale’s lamp is the symbol for nursing.  In my mind, Light is the symbol for all healing.

We also get to choose whether to be a person of darkness or one of light.  Healers have chosen Light.

Florence Nightingale’s lamp was no accident. When she walked into a room of wounded and dying soldiers she carried her lamp so she could see them.  But they also could see her.  Even if they were on the other side of the room the light would be visible and reassuring.   Each man could see that someone was there to help because she cared.

She was the beacon in the little children’s song that tells us,

“You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine”

One the most collectible items in America is replicas of lighthouses.   Paintings, antiques, statues, jewelry, pictures and a host of other things, I would guess.   The lighthouse was well beloved light for sailors.  It was a vision of home and family and love.  A symbol that says, “We’ve arrived, we’re safe.

 

Light is the sun that wakes us in the morning, grows our food and makes the flowers bloom.  The sun is what enables us to see so we can walk, work and play safely.  Of course, man has also made light so we can do all those things indoors 24/7 and at night outside too.   It is so necessary in hospitals and other work environments that ancillary and emergency generators are installed.

Spot lights in the theater are there to high light the performer and lead the audience’s eyes to the most important things going on.

Light also creates heat, whether by campfire or light bulb.  Heat is used to heal with warm water soaks and heat lamps and medications that get warm when applied to the skin.  We need heat to live.  98.6 degrees of it is considered about right for body heat.  We use heat to cook and to make things.  Picture a campfire or your Mom in the kitchen.

In every person, there is a light.  Some lights are bright, others dim.

Healers’ lights are very bright as they walk into the darkness brining light and healing into sickrooms, operating rooms, hallways and laboratories.  Where ever we go, other lights shine brighter.  Even death cannot stop it.  We stay with the dying until they leave us and go on to a brighter light.

Some people may try to beat us down, overwork us, complain about us, push us into overload.  Sometimes, when we are very tired the light may flicker but another healer will come by and blow on the coals ‘til they burst into light again. That’s what healers do.

We are one.

A Peek at the Book

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.