My family and I moved multiple times during my growing years, and every time this happened, my mother was pivotal in helping my brother and me in making the transition. For instance, after recently moving, Andy and I were really bored this particular summer afternoon, so Mom said, “Come on; let’s go get lost!” The three of us climbed into the van and drove off, cruising along streets unbeknownst to us in order to familiarize ourselves with our new surroundings.
Similarly, here in the hospital, we as associates observe many families being forced to “travel” through the foreign territory of hospitalization. They are continuously confronted with new medical terminology and procedures along with facing difficult outcomes down the road.
What can make the difference in this journey for them? It is our attitude in leading them. While a person may be angry, in denial, or even defiant about the road ahead, we can assume my mother’s attitude—one of adventure and optimism, encouraging them—no matter what the circumstances.
So, will you join me in this journey with presenting my mom’s adventurous spirit? “Come on; let’s go get lost” in the care of our patients and their families together!
Lord, no matter the journey we are on, guide us in demonstrating an encouraging, supportive perspective to those around us. In Your name we pray, Amen.