Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

There is a fine line with being kind to others and maintaining healthy boundaries. Many nurses extend kindness to the point of exhaustion. Read about creating healthy boundaries here: How Nurses Can Add More Balance To Their Lives 

Despite our good intentions, we can’t exude compassion 24/7. Our responses rely on our inner resources. We may find ourselves less tolerant when we are hungry, hot and tired. Most patients and visitors experience some stress in the hospital. Healthcare providers are often recipients of their displaced frustration and anger. It’s not always easy for us to provide a compassionate response and quite honestly, sometimes a firm boundary may be what is called for.

The following words are powerful reminders that we often don’t have the full story. We often don’t know the full experience that may be creating anger, anxiety or frustration in others.

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. 
You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”

By Miller Williams