Some Days

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Together we...

Together we will struggle through this pandemic and come out much stronger and wiser nurses.

Lisa Kotula
Michigan

Together we...

make a difference even on the tough days. Even on the days when we think all we did was make mistakes. Stepping up to help a co-worker with a task because they are over burdened, stopping what you are doing to just listen to someones story, or just offer a smile as encouragement. Together we are a team and we make a difference. To each other, our patients, and our families.

DeAnna King
Roseville, CA

Some days are like...

falling rocks, breaking into pieces. The stones of strength shrink, but keep it's power.

Bridgette Craine
Muskogee, OKlahoma

Some days with grace and grit...

we deal with pain and trauma


Some days I/you...

Some days, you will feel that you made a difference, that a breakthrough happened, that you did it. Other days, you will be broken, from carrying all the pain and suffering of the world. But every day, you will become better. A better clinican, and a better human.

Andrea Teubel

Some days I/you...

Some days you feel your heart break, but knowing it breaks open and not closed, you fill yourself with the compassionate need to care and heal

Sondra J Kahler, RN
Boise, Idaho

Some days I/you...

Some days you stand at the border between life and death and accept life into the world. Other days, you release life back across that narrow divide. It's just one breath wide. Then there are times--endless hours, days, months, even years-- when you struggle and suffer an illness right along with the patient and their family. These times seems interminable, but The Work transforms you there at the river's edge. Your role is to help people complete their important life tasks. Those tasks take as long as they take. You may never understand the task or its purpose, but your flesh, heart and soul merge into a shimmering spirit vessel that renders compassionate service, though Self Care is absolutely required. As you acclimate into the role, you experience the luminosity of people and feel the supporting spirits that accompany them through their struggles and transitions. Holy takes on a whole new meaning. This awareness of the sanctity of life makes being a nurse a privilege.

Abby Molino
Indiana

Some days I/you...

Some days I feel helpless, not being able to give what you, my patient, deserve Everyday I will try harder, you will go back to your family, health preserved.

Simonette Elgert
Chesterfield, Michigan

Some days I/you...

Some days I will know that in healthcare nurses have the best professional approach to help patients and families cope with diagnosis, experience, frustration and anger.

Lydia wahinye kinyanjui
Nairobi Kenya

Some days I/you...

Somme days you look back at your50 years of giving and you can say yes we made a difference a pray or a hug nursing is always giving and nurturing the soul yours and theirs .

Laura Terriquez-Kasey
Oneonta ,NY

Together we...

Find our inspiration / A color shielding hope / A pony’s mane / Don’t assume or call for help from another hue / In these moments, it’s just blue / A jazz tune / A monsoon of emotions and commotion / Galloping towards the tides / A herd of wild Corolla / Stampeding past a shadow which eyes us / This time the youth will guide us / Towards the blue / And into waves crashing / While we’re asking for salvation and patience for the healers, who wear blue / To protect you / And you, too, will become healthy and reborn in blue / Not pale blue / Like the old guitarist painted by Picasso, but the Moon Blue sung by Wonder / Or the Blue Abstraction by O’Keefe / Offering flowers for the living, and easy breathing / Each blue piece hold true / Lift up for from sorrow / You are a boron blue diamond / Shining from a vault / Or the bioluminescence from Waitomo / Glowing from the labyrinth / So that you can look up (Look Up!) and transform / Into Leoncino / And ride your pony into your YOUniverse.

Maggs Vibo
Midlothian, Virginia

Some days are like...

Some days are like riding on smooth waves drifitng across a lake that is as clear as glass

Cassie
Kent, Ohio

Together we...

Together we walk across the streets / the cars stop / the light counts down / we ignore the noise / oh so peaceful.

Alex

Some days with grace and grit...

Some days with grace and grit / We are challenged with isolation / Yet we still have ourselves

Ashley K.

Some days are like...

a collection of hurdles / 200 meters long / I can't quite get over / I'm always clipping my ankle

Jonathan
Stow

Some days I/you...

Some days it will come in waves/ Crashing into you smaller then bigger/ All at once/ But you will stand tall/ Providing strength for those who cannot stand against the waves/

Alex

Together we...

Together we can build each other up, helping build brick by brick, laying down a foundation to grow on. Together we can tear each other down, let each man be on their own. We can tear up the roots and stop any chance of grow. We get to chose. Together we can rise or together we can fall.

Madison
Kent, Ohio

Some days with grace and grit...

Some days with grace and grit/ I press the reviving earth between my fingers/and dig the smallest of graves to lay/my heart alongside an empty cardinal.

Jaya Avendel

Some days are like...

sink holes, black holes, dying stars

KARYN A GLODEN
NC Mountains

Together we...

Together we share the smallest stories/ flight of starlings/ shifts in mood and weather/ jokes and biscuits / An early butterfly feeds on seaweed/ snowdrops line our path out of winter/ We are clinging like moss/ clinging and growing/ growing like moss/surviving/ the world could swallow us up/ we nibble back slowly/ we share/ deliver the micro news / set seeds / we care by noticing/ we live in the telling/ together we are growing/ a slow green groundswell/ our daily sharing

P Seawards
Bristol

I/You will...

Love the one who loves you, returning the love in full, the love that grows as it is passed from one to the next, and finally the love comes full circle having grown ten fold from its beginning.

Michael Simms
Pittsburgh, PA

Some days are like...

waiting in a dark room / time is illegible / prolonged and then fleeting. Your breath is the only constant in this waiting darkness / as the world weighs down


Kent, OH

Some days are like...

Some days are like puddles. Gleaming yet inconvenient. Playful yet messy.

LM
Ohio

Some days with grace and grit...

the world feels more than unfit. / this, this is where the arms of us come in to capture the moment of some days / some days the world is dark damp, and cruel, but some days our arms are here with grace and grit to uplift the unfit.


Pittsburgh

Some days I/you...

you wish it would end/ the clock ticks by slower and slower/ and you are overcome by your frustrations/ so you wish for tomorrow/ with hope

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n/a

Some days I/you...

I wish I could bare the pain of my brothers and sisters. A small price to pay for my mom to only have one hurting child.


Medina, OH

Some days are like...

Some days are like swimming in a pool of wet concrete ... slowly sinking and losing the strength to swim for the surface ... waiting for someone to throw you a life preserver


Kent, OH

Some days with grace and grit...

wearily trekking forward


Some days are like...

Some days are like mountains, others just hills / no matter what the day, its a battle of wills

Austin Monigold
New Philadelphia, Ohio

Some days are like...

a black and white photo, colorless but a work of art none the less.


Sugarcreek, Ohio

Some days are like...

Some days are like a broken elevator/ Stuck in place, unable to move/ Left only with the aspiration of going up

anon
anon

Some days I/you...

Some days you will embrace your fullest, truest story ... the one the awkward line breaks, the messy punctuation, the broken narrative threads, the elusive passages that defy description, the story where you will be truly free to live ... ever after.

Stephanie
Warren, Ohio

Together we...

Together we can create a world that everyone feels safe and comfortable to be who they are as a person.

Sara
Ohio

Some days are like...

a never ending wave of darkness that takes over the entire body, mind and soul. Yet, then there are the days that feel like a kiss from the sun and smile from the moon. Those are the days that make it all worth while.

Izzy Stewart
Elyria, Ohio

I/You will...

complete the puzzle and find an answer to the questions of loss and hardship

anonymous
Ohio

Some days are like...

Some days are like the spinning of revolving doors Always spinning without taking a break to stop

Spencer

Some days are like...

Some days are like a free ride on the back of the town's oldest tortise.

Jordan
Ohio

Some days are like...

Some days are like bad dreams, I just want them to end and I just want to wake up.

N/a
Cleveland

Some days with grace and grit...

Some days with grace and grit, I remember to pause and that everything is only partly true. On other days, forgetting my practice, my ego lashes out, concealing hurt in my distress signal.

Jennifer Minotti
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Some days I/you...

Some days you'll feel you are needed/you'll be there at just the right moment/to help someone stand/or bandage a wound/

Monica Raymond
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Together we...

Together we could overcome any racial injustices, if we are properly educated on the truth of the human race’s lineage and DNA. To oppress a human based on race is to tear apart your own kind. The late Toni Morrison states in her novel “The Bluest Eye”, Quiet as it’s kept. America can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the secrets lingering in its core and history.

Girl.ThePoet
Ohio

I/You will...

I know my words can help you or hinder you so I promise to always be positive.

Lisa Meese
Canton, OH

Together we...

Together we can combine our healing power and heal the world. We just have to stand together and put our differences aside.

Lisa Meese
Canton,OH

Some days I/you...

You can change lives with your smile. You can change lives with your love. You can change lives with your faith. You can change lives with your words. So hold your head up , you got this ❤️

Lisa Meese
Canton, OH

Some days I/you...

Someday I will look back and say. “So that is why I went through what I did, so I’d be prepared for what is in front of me now.”

Lisa Meese
Canton, OH

Some days I/you...

Some days are like a walk in the park, other days are like being sucked up in a tornado and being dropped into chaos.

Lisa Meese
Canton, OH

Together we...

huddle in grace so we may spread love all over this place!

Tina M Pierce
Cleveland, Ohio

I/You will...

I will stand in front of you when the wolves come charging. You will still look at me with disgust at the monster you created. I will stand in the shadows waiting for the next time you cry for me.

Martin Gonzalez
Hudson, Ohio

Some days with grace and grit...

I push forward to show each individual love that serves within that gives...

Tina M Pierce
Cleveland, Ohio

Some days I/you...

Some days I feel like I can’t do this, it is so hard. But I care too much not to.

Lisa
Canton,OH

Some days I/you...

Some days I wake up and ask when the war is over. Always remembering the smell of war. Ghosts walk beside me asking me when the war will be over. When can we come home?

Martin Gonzalez
Hudson, Ohio

Some days with grace and grit...

, mostly grit, I plow through the tasks set before me

anonymous
OH

Together we...

Together we sat / the stillness of the of the room / the eye of the hurricane surrounding us / a sacred moment as both worlds connect / the moment is fleeting / we continue on separate paths / separate but together / we hope for the future

Lindsay
Chicago

Together we...

we can change the world, one patient at a time. I'm looking forward to that day when all will have a voice and peace will be in all our hearts and soar throughout the land.


Some days with grace and grit...

I know I'll pick myself up, brush off the dirt and the blood, and walk tall forward lighting a way toward healing.

Kim Frier
Columbus, OH

Some days I/you...

wish to cure all that ails us--to take away the suffering and pain, to ease the burden, to create safe passage, to carry the weight of the world/Other days, I just want to hide, to be tucked away, to be relieved of this duty, this calling, this path that I've chosen for myself/But still I come back--to seek that cure, to relieve that suffering, to lift that burden, to create that safe passage, to carry that weight.

Brittany Waterman
Columbus, Ohio

Together we...

Together we will wrap our patients in blanket of caring

Jillian
Columbus

I/You will...

falter/ and then return to our work/ serving others brings purpose/ and brings spiritual meaning to life.

Daniel
Bemidji, MN

Some days I/you...

I fear losing my balance and falling forward dragging all near me along the chasm of emptiness I feel.

Kim Frier
Columbus, OH

Some days are like...

are like a breath of fresh air, an abrupt weightlessness

Chris H
Salem, Ohio

Together we...

Together we work to find calm, peace, comfort in the chaos. Together we blur boundaries when a patient needs simple kindness and even love we work... Together

Skip Radwany
Akron

Together we...

Together we will create a future for our children that will welcome them with open arms.

Taylor
Columbus, OH

I/You will...

discover joy in places that surprise you

Bethany Lockwood
North Canton, OH

Together we...

Together we laughed and cried. We celebrated and problem solved and scoffed at the scans, the tests...and shook our fists at the skies. Now you are gone and I am left on the shore with memories of your smile, your fierocity in the face of unrelenting disease. And you are at peace, simply - part of the universal whole.

Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio
Columbus, Ohio

Some days with grace and grit...

seemingly on vacation / I stand - or sit - but probably lean and wonder at what is before me / I silently swear and then resolutely step out into the muck / to help

Zach Rossfeld
Columbus, OH

Some days are like...

Some days are like falling from the sky and waiting for the ground to break it/ Some days are like waiting for someone to grab on to you before you fall/ Some days are like seeing a rope and remembering you can hold on and pick yourself up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Some days are like...

treading water, my feet sputtering against the weight, barely able to keep me afloat. Some days are like floating, weightlessly, amid the lofty dreams and hopes and wishes - few substantial, but able to carry me.

Sarah
Columbus, OH

Some days are like...

never knowing where the line of darkness begins and our light with in us ends. As we approach this experience thru others we are not sure how to feel before we leave them.


Columbus Ohio

Some days are like...

a whirlwind blowing through a field of grass


Some days with grace and grit...

Some days with grace and grit I balance on one foot, reach out to grab a hand, and hope I don't fall.


Columbus OH

Together we...

will heal the world with our love and patience.

Kim Frier
Columbus, OH

Some days are like...

Are like rays of sunshine while others are like hurricanes and tornadoes. But through it all the rainbow appears. Then you finally know you are human and whole.

Deborah Russell
Centerburg, Ohio

Some days are like...

Some days are like a fall walk/taking in the colors of the trees/some days are like a mountain hike/where you never reach the top/but then/ some days are a cool breeze/allowing breath to come easily

Jess
OH

Some days I/you...

I love my work and the people that I serve. Sometimes I'm sad for them when I don't have a cure.


Together we...

can reach out to listen and heal the people we touch, then share the experience and refresh each other... Resilience together will be key to our success!

Frank D Ferris
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Some days with grace and grit...

you will commit again in hidden and quiet ways with the heart of a lion and of a lamb to the calling you have received

nicole
columbus, ohio

Some days I/you...

Somedays patients are gift Somedays they cure me Somedays to alldays I grow I embrace I find God's honor in eyes searching answers Somedays answers come Somedays alldays of care brings me home.

Lynne G
Plymouth, Michigan

Some days with grace and grit...

With grace and blessings we celebrate what we do and with grit, perseverance and eyes forward, we keep looking for the hope of the future.

Mary K. Anthony
Solon, Ohio

Some days I/you...

Some day we will see/light at the end of the tunnel/and imagine emerging into spaces we share/hands we can clasp./Laughter will bubble/brokenness will heal/and we will give thanks/to you who brought us here.

Margo Waring
Juneau, Alaska

Some days I/you...

Some days I can see/myself walking with my mother/who is also walking but/dead since Wednesday and I go/along with her and the whole/scene, the feeling of being/together, able to hold onto her/hand which still takes/mine to caretake and/to replace the gerber/daisies I dropped to the floor when/I got the call/safe at home not.

Nancy Dzina
Delta, CO

Some days I/you...

think of moving forward, like a hummingbird / or a barnacle on a whale, or a propeller deep under water / think of rain moving in sheets / and the stillness after

Mistee St Clair
Juneau, Ak

Some days are like...

Some days are like swimming against the current / Some days the current takes me, and I let it / Spirit, either way, buoy me up / Help me keep my head and hold my breath

Wendy Brooker
Wasilla, Alaska

Together we...

Together we will raise our days

Dawn Jensen Nobile
Wenatchee WA

Some days with grace and grit...

Some days with grace and grit/ I get up and face the day with grace/ Or I get up and feel the grit/ Of scrolling past the negative/ Some days it is best to stay the course/ And live the life you know is right/ While others twist in the breeze/ Of the latest ill wind that rises.

Susan
Wasilla, AK

Some days I/you...

Some days you will want to give up — / you will think, "this isn't worth it" — / but when someone says "thank you," / you'll remember your purpose.

Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum
Wasilla, AK

Together we...

Together when we can take a pause to reflect, we wonder what what type of unexpected beauty may emerge from the agony of these ashes?

Linda Vance
Benson, AZ

Some days I/you...

Have something to learn and am grateful for that lesson.

Scott M
Sierra Vista, AZ

Some days are like...

moving through the world without skin/ so tender, raw, and upending/ the scrape in the balm invites... sinking in, sinking in, sinking in

Rose
Olympia, WA USA

Some days I/you...

remember, at least for a second, how grateful the whole world is for all you are giving at this moment in our collective journey.

Libby
Anchorage, Alaska

Some days I/you...

Some days I feel Sorrow, For all that are at Work, But in the Morrow, Though we may go through Hork, I know I will find something Better.

Kyle Page
Albany, OR, US

Some days I/you...

Some days you will find that / just getting out bed will be a chore. / But the lives you touch / will make it all worth it.

Lynsey M.
WA, USA

Together we...

This pandemic We are In today Leaves us Confused And not always ok Tied up in knots From all the confusion We look around Trying to find Comfort

tina neumann
Oro Valley, Az

I/You will...

You will not know all the lyrics but you will sing the songs loudly

Jamee Rothmeier
Soldotna, Alaska

Some days with grace and grit...

Some days with grace and grit we climb out of the pit of isolation toward the light of community.

Kathy Sue Justus
Anchorage, AK

Some days are like...

Some days are like a rose beautiful and sweetly scented the kindness of a stranger waters the garden And though thorns remain they do not deter the gardener all must be kept alive beauty will prevail

Kim Schooley
East Wenatchee, WA

Some days are like...

minutes, hours, weeks, and years rolled into one uncertain day.

Dana Hansen
Hudson, OH

Some days I/you...

Have a heart so full it’s going to explode/ while other days I have a heart so hurt it could break/ nursing is unpredictable/ but A nurses Love is unconditional

Michaela Bann
Erie, PA

Some days I/you...

some days the sun is still a great warmth ... the sun is still warming us ... how strange, even in this pit ... how strange and still constant the joy of our skin

Cameron Gorman
Aurora, Ohio

I/You will...

You will appreciate that It’s with the blessing of the Doctor and Nurse ... Fighting in the front to get rid of Covid 19 curse... Clouds of mercy may shower their serene rain... To whoever risk their lives to relief the agony and pain...

Enaam Mujallid
Saudi Arabia

I/You will...

You will find In the Age of the Quarantine... A woman can become her family’s Queen... Her kindness lets all members convene... To their spirits, she provides the needed vaccine... When the world turns insane... Fear or fight penetrate the brain... A woman is the family’s rush of adrenaline!... She is the genuine cure and medicine!... 🍃🍃🍃🍃🍃

Enaam Mujallid
Saudi Arabia
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