Monday, December 19, 2011

The Root People

I'm sure I've mentioned, haven't I, that I am now working on a new unit at the hospital? I was formerly the manager of the adult schizophrenia unit but now I'm managing the pediatric unit. If there's anything sadder than adult schizophrenics, it would be child schizophrenics. In my prior life (prior to nursing), I was a parapro in an emotional impairment program. So I guess I've got a good foundation.
I bet I've also mentioned that this new position is wearing me out. Wearing. Me. Out. Not only because of the kids I work with but the unit itself has some challenges. So I'm working swing shifts and lots of pushing up my sleeves and trying to get to the root of the problems.
Unfortunately, some of those roots are people.
Those Root People sure don't like to be pruned.
But something kind of wonderful has been happening the last few days. Quiet people who rarely make a peep are coming into my office and telling me I'm doing a great job. Average people who do their jobs and go home are offering to do special projects and groups with the kids. People who work on the adult units and refuse to work with the kids are volunteering to take a turn on pediatrics.
It's almost like rubbing the dirt off of a diamond, it's getting sparklier and sparklier. And it's making me feel like all of my tiredness and frustration is a little less tiring and frustrating.
It also makes me think, those Root People are choking the spirits of the rest of the people. People with creative ideas and energy have hidden in corners trying to get by without rocking the boat. But now that I'm rocking the boat, they are coming out of their corners.
I said all of that to say this, Lord, please don't let me be a Root Person. A root of bitterness that spreads and poisons the ground so that nothing beautiful can grow around it. I don't think the Root People are evil awful people. I don't think they want to be Root People. I don't think they know that they are!
Root people are pessimistic and discouraging and always most excited when there's something awful to say.
If I am ever a Root Person, change me. Let me instead, bring a rain of refreshing to others.


ninar said...

Sara, I have read your blog for a long time. You had wrote about church and it said so many things I feel but could never put into words. All of your writings touch me. Thank you for that. But, I remember you asking for bras for your hospital and wondered if that is still something you are doing. If so, I would like to send some your way. How would I go about that? My email is Thank you so much for the blog and the chance to help out. Nina

Trish said...

The Word says that the love of money is the root of all evil...but I'd say that Root People do lots of damage! Destroying the character of others and the peace in a work place...shame on root people! Praying that they, come out of their root bound pots and into the light of His goodness.
I love you Sara!

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