Nurse Wisdom from the ICU at OHSU (4.10.19)

Posted: Wed, Apr 10, 2019
“You need to meet each day as it is and not as you think it should be. Life in the ICU rarely goes as planned. Holding tightly to the picture in your head of the way you think things should be will stress you out. You can bring a positive and healing energy if you [...]

Rev. Dr. Steven Koski

“You need to meet each day as it is and not as you think it should be. Life in the ICU rarely goes as planned. Holding tightly to the picture in your head of the way you think things should be will stress you out. You can bring a positive and healing energy if you are willing to accept that what is, is. Play the cards in your hand the best you can and with as much grace and courage as you can instead of wasting your energy complaining you didn’t get the cards you wanted. The ICU has a way of slapping you in the face with a neon sign that says ‘You are not in control.’ What you can control are your thoughts, attitude and how you choose to respond to what you can’t control, which is pretty much everything.”
Life isn’t fair. Life is rarely the way we think it should be. Life just is. It is the way we choose to respond to life that makes all the difference. Today, I choose to stop fighting reality and accept what is, is. As I surrender, I pray that I might join my heart with God’s heart participating in a ceaseless flow unconditional love.
Scripture says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The Hebrew translated as “Be still” can be understood as “cease grasping and trying to control”. The Hebrew word we translate as “know” means intimacy and union. So, cease trying to control what you can’t control and experience a deep union with the Divine Love that is always present to you.
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