Tiny Reflections on Neonatal Nursing

Thankful for the Little Things

Life is made up of millions of little moments. Tiny moments that when put together to make up our memories. These small moments often offer us a glimpse of the bigger picture. A reflection of our life and what matters the most. But do we see our everyday moments as the making of our memories? Are we too caught up in the busyness of the day-to-day, hour-to-hour tasks that we get so focused on the job at hand rather than actually living in the moment?

Our lives consist of never ending lists, obligations, meetings, and appointments, and we often lose sight of the little things. The small and simple moments often make the biggest impact. These are the moments that we need to be thankful for, for it is within these moments that we make our memories. Our story. Our happily ever after.

Today I reflect on, and give thanks for, these small little everyday moments in my career that make up my bigger picture.

Finding gratitude in neonatal nursing

I am thankful to be able to work in a profession that allows me to help others and support families who are going through one of the most difficult journeys of their lives.

I am thankful for the knowledge and the means to guide and comfort babies in need and their incredible families. Not only have they helped me see the world through their eyes, but they have provided me with the experiences both good and bad that have shaped who I have become.

I am thankful for the slow days as they are days to reflect on my work and the reasons why I am there. These days often give me time to do the things that make my job meaningful and rewarding. Time to slow down and really give it my all. To teach families the simple, but most important tasks of parenting their preemie.

Maybe even a few moments to rock a baby, or give a bath. These moments are priceless and sometimes so few and far between.

I am thankful for the not-so-slow days. The not-so-slow days teach me about handling new situations. To organize the important things and to always strive for excellence. The busy moments often make me reflect on how I could have been better, done better, and given more. These moments lead me to seek out new knowledge and to face fear head on.

I am thankful for my long and sometimes difficult drive to, and from work. It gives me a chance to reflect on my day and allows me a moment of silence to regroup and refocus. It also gives me time and space to just turn the radio up and get lost in the words of a song, giving my mind a little break from all that consumes it so often. 

I am thankful for my supportive husband and co-workers that have provided years of advice, a shoulder to lean and cry on, a helping hand in time of need, and lots and lots of friendship along the way.

I am thankful for the graduate baby. The one that goes home happy and healthy with their family only to come back a few months later to show off their rolls, belly laugh, and toothless grin. I am thankful for the updates, the cards, and the pictures of growth. These are the moments and memories that make it all feel so worthwhile.

I am thankful for a community of preemie parents that has allowed me into their fragile and sometimes vulnerable world. I am in awe of their strength and commitment. I am thankful for their stories of growth and achievement. For the learning of their trials and triumphs. For being part of the good times and the not so good times, and being able to support them through it all.

"Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling."
-Leo Buscaglia

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