I am on my way to Kennebunkport, Maine where I will presenting a plenary session at the New England Holistic Nursing Conference. My theme is about co-creating the future of nursing, holistically, and I am excited about it. I have been looking over my presentation and a quote by Steve Chandler really sticks out for me: “Darkness isn’t anything. It is the absence of light. Light is something! You can bring the light and there is no darkness. In just the same way, fear isn’t anything. Fear is merely the absence of love. If you can bring enough love, there is no more fear.” This goes along with the quote from Rumi: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Love has the power to heal. If we love others, and love ourselves, we are healers and the healed. We just need to get out of our own way and let the love and healing in. The same can be said about our profession, our workplace and our families. We can co-create our futures holistically by being open to the love we already have.
I had a great time last night on RN.FM Blog Talk Radio, talking with Keith, Kevin and Elizabeth about the upcoming Rejuvenation Collaboration IV. I will be keynoting the event on October 21. It’s a wonderful online event that is FREE for caregivers and others who want to learn about how to get out of their own way and take better care of themselves. When Keith asked me last night if I had one tip for starting the day out right and positively, I immediately responded with, WAKE UP SMILING! Our emotions follow our body language, and even if it hurts, smile anyway! It really does make a big difference in your attitude for the day.
I have been invited to teach some young women, seniors in high school, about public speaking tonight and about stress management tomorrow night. I must say, I am excited about this! At first I thought of it as one more thing to do, but now I can see that sharing with other people is exciting and just feels good. I have been cheerful about it and my creativity is flowing. I am really looking forward to this! And I can see first hand that caring for others like this is good for my health and reduces stress. Although sometimes it increases stress because I might have a lot on my plate. I encourage you to share your knowledge, gifts and talents with others to improve your own well-being. Sure it’s risky but get over your fear and I think you will find it’s a great way to care for others and care for yourself. So go ahead; Share and Care!