During our graduation ceremonies from nursing school, we received many words of wisdom from our nursing professors. Still, we cringed at hearing words expressing that our learning experience had just begun and that we would be on a lifetime learning curve. As new graduates, we could not anticipate the impact that technological advancements and the modifications to existing standards of practice would have on our nursing careers.
Imagine spending your entire career in a cycle of learning, discarding what is no longer pertinent or safe for the delivery of patient care, and relearning the prevailing standards. During the many decades of clinical nursing practice, documenting on paper gave way to electronic medical records, infection control principles changed, virtual visits are available, and patients have a greater responsibility to manage their chronic illnesses. And the journey continues as we move forward to modify our existing practices to deliver quality health care to our patients; because we have taken an oath to give care that is deemed optimal based on prevailing healthcare standards.
The world that we live in is dynamic, rapidly changing to produce and accommodate new and innovative ideas. As we attempt to keep up with the fast pace, we must take a deep breath and ask ourselves if we are making progress. In the privacy of solitude, we should evaluate our journey and determine whether or not we are living a purpose-driven life.
Would you describe your pursuits and goals as beneficial, leading to a more suitable quality of life? Or are you merely following in the footsteps of others? Have you taken the time to evaluate the publicized requirements of the “New Normal’ lifestyle? Prior to making life-altering changes, reflect on the quality of your life.
Yes, new information can be exciting, but is it useful? Will you gain positive learning experiences from embracing what others are doing? With technological advancements, we have access to a wealth of information, still, we must filter information that is unproven and based only on opinions. Identifying your values and priorities is the first step before making any significant changes in your life.
Regularly, we must take the time to determine if we are standing still, moving forward, or regressing. Who are we outside of our careers and political affiliations? Growth and Development are not limited to the physical process of an infant maturing into an adult. We are involved in a life-long process that requires the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom. It takes a concerted effort and perseverance to develop into becoming the best that we can be. And to achieve that goal requires a continuous process of learning, discarding, and relearning.
It is not enough to seek knowledge without external input because the rigors of our life experience taint our perceptions. Can you recall the many mistakes that you have made because you did it your way? “Self-governance, self-government, or self-rule is the ability of a group or individual to exercise all necessary functions of regulation without intervention from an external authority.”
We severely limit ourselves when we exclude God from our cycle of learning. Many individuals have a roadblock to overcome: They refuse to acknowledge that there is a spiritual power outside of ourselves. Even with doing our part to obtain knowledge, and using proven strategies to resolve challenges, we are powerless because we cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. There is a definite advantage to believing in God; trusting that He has us in His hands eliminates all counterproductive decisions based on the learn-discard-relearn cycle.
My child, listen to what I say and treasure my commands. 2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Proverbs 2:1-3
Our journey will always involve the struggle of learning, discarding, and relearning. Even so, we can decide to improve our quality of life by eliminating the concept of self-governance and surrendering ourselves to God.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
With God, one has the assurance that He will provide us with an optimal quality of life.
Bible Reading: Proverbs 2
God, with all the rapid changes we face in our lives, we thank you that we are not left alone. We desire to eliminate the attitude of self-governance and rely on you to give us the future you have planned. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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