Friday, January 24, 2014

It's a Long Story . . . Part Five (Perhaps the Penultimate Part!)


Two months ago I wrote a series of blog posts, "It's a Long Story." The first one is here, and there are four consecutive parts.

At this point, I have completed the five "shadow shifts" that my nurse manager wanted me to do, and have worked two twenty-four hour shifts solo. I love being a hospital chaplain. I absolutely love it.

My earliest training with Sister Angela has served me well (as have my four units of CPE and even my HELP Line training way back when we were childless and lived in Ohio). I often think of the things that Angela taught our little group of five new volunteers, things like "wear bright colors," and "never try to make it better." She also told us that if we had things weighing on us when we came in to work at the hospital, we should find one of the other chaplains and talk first before going up to the floor.

I've had a longing to reconnect with this mentor, to let her know what has finally become of me, and to try to tell her what an important role she played in my life and in my development. I started searching for her a few weeks ago and kept running into dead ends. Finally, last week, I was provided an email address. I sent an email saying I'd been thinking of her and would like to get together. She wrote back the very next day! She is retired and lives about an hour from where I live. We're scheduled to get together at the end of next month. I can't wait!



12 comments:

LizA. said...

I am so happy for you. It's been a long road this past year, but look where it's brought you. I can't wait to hear about your reunion.

Lorraine said...

Gosh, that will be an amazing reunion!

Salem Stitcher said...

A wonderful thing...being reunited with someone who means so much to the greater course of your life!

Janet O. said...

I'm very happy for you, Nancy! Glad you were able to make the connection. : )

Sandy H said...

I'm so thrilled for you--paths can certainly be winding, but paths they be nonetheless. And wonderful that you're reconnecting with a mentor. She'll love knowing the impact she's had, I'm sure.

LoieJ said...

Your blog, sewing, job(s), path of calling, and energy always keep me on awe. I don't share your energy, but I share your love of and from the Lord.

Susan said...

I've been enjoying the story of your journey and am glad it is bringing you such happiness.

Jindi's Cottage said...

The turn in the path that has led you to where you were meant to be all along...so fabulous that you are going to be able to re-connect with Sister Angela, enjoy your catch-up meeting...

Barbara Anne said...

How wonderful it is that you were able to reconnect with your mentor and that a reunion is scheduled!! This will mean so very much to you both, but I imagine you can never fully know the huge gift you've given her in looking for her and finding her.

It's always a good thing to listen to nudges when a certain person come to mind often and to act if possible. Well done in following the Lord's lead in this!

Hugs!!

suz said...

How wonderful! I'm sure she will be so happy to see you.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Nancy, I am so happy that this path is the one you have wanted to follow and to have found your mentor-well, it just doesn't get any better than that. Best to you in this new vocation.

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