I had a profound moment of enlightenment while watching this video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naqEr2-7b7E
It wasn't anything Halcyon said, exactly, but how his words meshed with what was already building in my heart, as I prepare for my first Burn.
I may have told y'all that I'm a nurse.
Nursing is a very philosophical profession, really, and my personal philosophy owes a lot to Virginia Henderson, who said that nurses should do for patients, what patients would do for themselves. And this requires, of course, the ability to understand where other people are coming from, and what they want.
And nursing relies heavily on story-telling, to communicate to each other the unique aspects of each patient's experience, and help each other understand what needs to be done.
So, although many people in this world only act mindfully in the stories in which they are the main character, my years of nursing practice have trained me to pay attention to the (often very minor) roles I play in the stories of other people.
And I would say, that for a lot of people whose lives I touch, my role is completely unseen. If all the world's a stage, then, I am underneath it somewhere, propping up a weak floorboard.
And this, to me, is wonderful; it spares the actor the indignity of falling (asking for help) and with luck it even spares the anxiety of knowing there is a potential hazard. It's a real joy to smooth the path for people who never see the bumps
and to watch them proceed at full speed toward their goals.
So, to get back to Halcyon, I guess I am saying that many fantastic gifts are completely invisible
and I wonder how many I have been given today.
tl,dr: I'll be surprised if you notice me, but, I am thinking about you.
"You can be whoever you want to be, and sometimes people laugh and sometimes they clap, and mostly and beautifully they don't really care."