Today as my son and I took our afternoon walk with the dogs, in between admiring the clouds that looked like they were in 3D and the cool afternoon breeze. I began thinking about the people I had been in contact with this week.
Life seems to get into a routine until we forget to see who we touch. Sometimes you touch people and never know. I received and email Saturday that made me smile and humbled me each time I read the message.
Reader said: just finished reading your book and I have to say that it was amazing. I work at a state funded mental health hospital and your stories accurately describe so many different situations that we face out there. I read this book on my Kindle, but ordered a hard copy for my staff to read
Not only did the book I wrote touch the one person who was reading it – she shared it with her staff. The messages went on to tell me more about how she was glad to see someone who could connect and understand what they go through.
As we were walking we waved at a lady sitting in her front yard <she waved> “Howdy how are you?”
My son and I waved back and with the usual southern pleasures you speak to people as you pass. “We are doing ok” <nodding her head> “They say I am still crazy”. I threw my hand up and keep moving forward as I smiled …
… we have to be something, what is it going to be? Are you going to live up to what someone else calls you?
This lady gave herself the title “They said I am still crazy.” How many of us live our life under a title someone else gave us?
The many years of working inside of mental hospitals I have heard the phrase.”I never was allowed”
“I can’t because…” “My husband wouldn’t let me…” and then I see the shell of the person that is left because they were not able to be the person that lived inside.
The book “The Nurse’s Voice” shares many stories of those people and the ones that changed my life even though they may never know it. I know there are people in the last 24 years that I said one word that gave them the courage to keep moving forward… even though I will never know it.
Would you like to meet the people who touched my life: Read the book “The Nurse’s Voice”