The title of Rachel Carson’s classic work, The Sense of Wonder, made me think, what if we approached our life’s work not with the anticipation of challenges, deadlines, profit, and problems but rather with WONDER? Perhaps, like Carson, we would begin our day’s journey of service to others as a walk through a vibrant forest full of sights and sounds that evoke awe and a sense of wonder! It’s not so hard to be inspired by the wonders that surround us in nature. Visualizing a serene body of water, perhaps a slow moving stream, we don’t think of the volume of water, erosion or floods. Rather, we hear the musical tones of its flow and delight in the deposits of cool spray on our faces. In a word, it’s wonder–ful! (Click ‘Tonto Stream’ under Blogroll)
Patients in hospitals are not ‘admissions,’ ‘visits’ or ‘frequent flyers’ but rather ‘souls’ with stories to tell. And if we, whom they have entrusted their whole self to, approach with wonder, how much more likely is it that healing–their’s and ours–will happen?
There are many lists of things to do to improve the patient’s perception of care (perceived but not necessarily real). In my vision for the future, we will approach souls with the sense of wonder reserved for the highest form of God’s creation. And we will step into these precious lives, walk alongside them quietly and create the opportunity of healing!
“The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for the scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life.”
The Sense of Wonder
Is that a mountain stream that I hear in the distance?