Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Finding Inspiration

Her face brightened as she told me beautiful stories about her grandchidren

Wait! I thought. I'm documenting my visit with my patient, not writing a story! I hit the delete key. I stared at my computer screen, and sighed. Then started to type again. 

Patient displayed contentment when speaking about her grandchildren. 

This sounds more professional, I convinced myself. 

That was another moment where I felt the urge to write. Not my social work notes, not my professional assessments. But my stories.  

I was immensely grateful for what was happening right there. That was what I had been waiting for all this time--The miracle of finding inspiration

After a year of inactivity, I'm back to my blog. The place where I can share uplifting and heartfelt stories from my personal and professional journey. The place where I find my muse. 

Thank you for those of you who have waited this long.  And a special thank you note to my blogging friend Steve Elsaesser who I met during a recent vacation in Miami. Steve helped me to understand that inspiration is what keeps the flow of our blog stories or poetry. Because we find solace in word. 

9/27/2015 UPDATE.
My heart is heavy as I learned today that my friend Steve passed away a week ago. Steve was a friend, and a mentor who reached out to many people. Steve will be terribly missed. 


A Plain Observer said...

Very glad you are back. Your blog offers inspiration to your readers.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I was so happy to see your blog back on my dashboard. Everybody has a story and you tell them so well.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

I wondered what had happened to you! I'm pleased to see you're well and back.

You were gone so long I can't even remember what the nickname was that I had given you, but I know I'd given you one. Do you remember what it was? Because I don't. At least not right this moment I don't.


~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Part Dos:

Wuz dat it?

~ McDogg

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Doris,
Glad you are back at it after a long break!
Enjoy the interaction with patients and pondering about the meaningful things in life...

Arkansas Patti said...

So glad you are back. Your well told, caring stories always brightened my day.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Doris .. good to see you back. I'm glad to see you'll be inspiring us again with your stories - they really did tell us tales of life ... cheers Hilary

Cynthia S. said...

Hi Doris!
I missed you! I see that you have a new book! Congratulations and welcome back! Your stories touch my heart. Cynthia

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

It's so good to see you back, Doris!

I can so relate to all the thinking and feeling between the lines of clinical notes!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

It's so good to see you back, Doris! And I can so relate to the thoughts and feelings that come up between the lines of clinical notes!

Deb Shucka said...

I am so glad you're back! I've missed your stories, and the way I feel after reading them.

Linda said...

Such a lovely post and photo. Thank you so much for sharing.

teri said...

I have posted about four times this year. Selfishly I am glad to see I have not missed any of your writing. Here's to all the wonderful inspiration. Welcome back.

cyclopseven said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. God bless.

António Jesus Batalha said...

É para mim uma honra acessar ao seu blog e poder ver e ler o que está a escrever é um blog simpático e aqui aprendemos, feito com carinhos e muito interesse em divulgar as suas ideias, é um blog que nos convida a ficar mais um pouco e que dá gosto vir aqui mais vezes.
Posso afirmar que gostei do que vi e li,decerto não deixarei de visitá-lo mais vezes.
Sou António Batalha.
PS.Se desejar visite O Peregrino E Servo, e se ainda não segue pode fazê-lo agora, mas só se gostar, eu vou retribuir seguindo também o seu.
Que a Paz e saúde esteja no seu coração e no seu lar.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I am so sad that you are not posting but after seeing the spam, I understand. said...

I'm enjoying your writing! Thanks for leaving it up for us to read and I look forward to your return to blogging again :) Going to check out his blog, too.

Munir said...

It has been a long time since we have seen a post from you. Hope that all is well.

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David Brown said...

Feelings are of such importance. Do come back Grace be with you.

Annewow said...

Your amazing! you have such a way with words, i am studying to take my LCSW test in a month or so and i have needed to read "inspiration" to see the personal side of things. i am going to keep working hard. i am studying with and then i will take and hopefully pass my test. and be on my way to be someone else's inspiration. thank you for being mine!

Emackmsw said...

I enjoyed your post and I will return to read about more of your journey's. I received my MSW about a year ago. I work for the postal service in maintenance but I volunteer as a hospice patient support specialist a few hours a week. Like yourself I really enjoy the people I meet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Linda said...
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Linda said...

I just came to your blog today and it is a shame you haven't updated. It is a lovely blog. So sad about Steve, it sounds like he was a wonderful person!

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I hope that all is well with you.

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