I didn’t begin this story as a series, however, The Pirate/Owl and The Witch/Wolf keep making appearances around here with things to share.
Here is their continuing story — all in one place. More or less in some kind of cosmic order — not in the order I wrote it, however, because The Universe has a great sense of humor.
It’s Thursday. I’ve been assigned to OR 3 with one of my favorite scrub techs. It will be a tough day and I’m relieved to have her.
Thursday in my OR is the day our OB/GYN service has block time to schedule D&Es. To the non-medical personnel out there — abortions. Room 3 is their room. I’m their circulating nurse for the duration.
On this Thursday — we have four cases scheduled and a ‘hold’ spot for the end of the day in case one of their partners sees someone in clinic and there is an emergency. …
As a former OR nurse, I just don’t see what the big deal is. I worked 40+ hours a week, in a mask. For most of my nursing career. With asthma.
It’s not like anyone is taking away our guns. Goddess Forbid!
I know for a fact masks work to prevent the transmission of our germs from one being to another. That’s why we wear them in operating rooms. Everywhere. Globally. Because they work.
We wear masks to protect our patients. For many days before any symptoms emerge— we are all carriers. Of anything we might ‘catch’. From the flu…
It’s not about vengeance after all
When I started looking deeper into the philosophies behind my yoga and meditation practice, I learned about Karma. The real and true meaning of the energy.
Karma is defined by Dictonary.com as:
the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
Karma can be immediate or take a long time to percolate. However, it is always neutral — just as destiny is neither good nor evil. It simply is. Karma doesn’t seek justice on…
There was a lot of blood.
The blade lay next to him, sticky with his life’s essence. She kept pressure on the slash just above his left knee as she listened for EMS. The dispatcher said they should be here soon.
The spell came into her mind unbidden. Some might call it prayer, but she knew better. She knew the magic comes from within us. As she poured out her intention, she heard the siren in the distance.
This stranger, whose blood covered her hands and her clothes, would not bleed out this day.
Tears of relief misted her eyes.
Over the course of the last two weeks, I have returned to my yoga studio for some classes. The first time I set foot in that blessed space, I cried. Humans I hadn’t seen since March 2020 cautiously approached each other for hugs. A connection I hadn’t realized existed between myself and my fellow practitioners sizzled with recognition.
I was home.
As I practiced within this familiar group, I felt our collective energy fuse. I remembered what communion felt like. This sharing of energy that nourishes one’s soul.
As with many ventures, going it alone teaches us one thing, and…
I found in retirement that staying present is a lot easier.
My body’s natural rhythms can be accommodated. I’m getting more sleep, eating more mindfully, moving in some way, shape, or form every day. I have time to pursue hobbies I enjoy. I can learn what I’m interested in — not what my career required of me.
Nearly everyone who heard I was retiring at age 60 told me I’d be bored — that I’d be back to work in six months. They completely underestimated how much I enjoy my freedom. They forgot my struggles to get time off to…
We’ve all seen the youTube videos. Lion/Tiger/Beagle lived in a cage his whole life. Then the animal rescue folks showed up and found a way to get them the hell out of there. We watch with tears in our eyes as the poor creatures are released into nature. Most of the time it’s just a bigger cage — however, it has grass. It resembles a habitat instead of a prison. They are tentative at first as their feet touch this strange green fluffy carpet. But soon they are romping and rolling — seemingly madly in love with their new circumstances.
When you look back at your life can you find the decisions that changed everything? Personally, I have decades of footage and millions of decisions that have brought me to this day. Today. My Now.
I am not who I was when I was a teenager, or a young mother. I am not who I was when I began my career as a graduate nurse; I’m not even who I was at the end of said career.
I have made ‘A Decision’ over and over, different decisions at different times of my life but they all had this in common…
Self discovery in progress, stay tuned