Friday, October 19, 2012

Strive to Do Something Meaningful....

What I have learned through my position is that everyone should strive to do something meaningful. I found a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King that captures my feelings exactly, “That old law about an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”  Dr. Martin Luther King was an incredible leader because of this way of thinking. He did not only think about his ability to succeed, rather felt that he could assist all to succeed by encouraging society to digest certain ideals that would help to benefit them. A great business, in theory, should hopefully have its values based on doing the right thing for people. I think that is why I consider myself so blessed to have landed at Meridian.

I have been given an opportunity to work for an organization that is dedicated to making peoples’ lives better. I think the organization is very successful because there is always a backbone of help and goodness to every initiative that it undertakes. A true “eye for an eye” type of mentality would leave all members involved unsatisfied. Working for a benevolent health care organization allows me to witness that there are different facets within the business world. Theoretically, I think becoming involved in an occupation that mirrors where you stand morally is extremely valuable to your self esteem. If one feels positively about where he/she is applying a great deal of effort, the result should be very positive. In our office, everyone hopes for the success of each other. This unified culture allows for us all to genuinely try to succeed in our own portion of the organization for the benefit of everyone else. I would love to hear from who else has taken a different career path following an injury.

~Noelle

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dreaming Is A Way of Planning...

I saw a quote that really hit it home for me. “Dreaming is a way of planning, dreaming and imagination leave the doors open to possibilities.” I feel that this is a fantastic way to look forward to your future. Gloria Steinem encourages people to open themselves up to the possibilities that may enter their minds. I think that it is good when I allow my mind to venture to far off places.  It is not good to grow into a complacent individual, which is why I hope I never stop dreaming. When one has dreams and ambitions, one always has something to work towards. I love to consider that every attainable plan begins with a dream. There is a level of comfort in knowing that our lives are what we dream of them to be. Maybe our dreams have a bit more depth to them than we originally thought they ever could; our dreams can teach a lesson.

Sometimes, knowing that my plans have significantly changed from what I originally thought has allowed me to see myself as resilient. I think every survivor is familiar with what I am referring to. I would love to read some commentary from fellow survivors. I read a comment from one of my first blogs which stated, “I hope that you get to… not only as an injured woman.” I appreciate the feedback, and I think it is important to state that this injury does not define me, yet it is a large part of who I am. It is also the reason why I am in the profession I am today. I feel that I have made attempts and am becoming more secure with who I am after my life-altering accident. A huge ambition and dream of mine is to secure my position as a definite part of my health care organization. I want our organization to stand apart from the others because of our “outside the box thinking”.

A phenomenal professor who I had during college always told me to “imagine and dream a perfect position” for myself following graduation; he felt this was the first step in attaining it. Maybe it was. Just like Steinem says, maybe it was my first step to planning my future.  I am more than qualified for the position I am in now due to life experience. Career positions due to life experience are often where individuals excel. My life experience stands out and my recovery from brain injury is extremely noteworthy. I had not yet built a career for myself when I was still in college. I would love to hear from others who pursued their college degree after sustaining a brain injury. I am very fortunate that I was able to attain my degree and employment at a time when employment isn’t entirely abundant. My dreaming continues as I reach out and knock on the doors of different nurse managers who may be able to utilize my position of support.

~Noelle