Stagnant or Flowing?
When you take a look at your nursing career, is it a flowing river of possibility and growth, or is it a dry riverbed that's hungry for the moisture of your curiosity?
The flow of your career is a perpetual movement if you will allow it to be, and we must consistently guard against burnout and the loss of ambition and motivation.
Still Waters Run Deep
While forward movement is what we're looking for in the bigger picture, stillness can also be our ally, especially if it's stillness born of contemplative curiosity, not of complacency or fear.
If you're feeling the need for change but aren't certain what that change should be, looking inward for guidance can sometimes be more powerful than looking outward.
At different times, we flow like a river, sit still like a deep, cold lake, or we feel expansive like the sea. That expansiveness can be where the ideas flow, and these times can be when you reach out to those who can open your mind to the possibilities that perhaps you can't see. At moments of expansion, we allow our hearts and spirits to take the broader view.
When we feel stuck in our nursing career and can't seem to see the forest for the trees, expansive energy like the ocean may be what we need to prop the door open to greater possibilities.
The ocean cycles through it's tides, and it never argues with what comes naturally. And for us, it's the same. Our career can hit low tide or high tide, a period of ebbing or flowing, and our success, happiness and satisfaction depend on how much we can remain open to what's next.
Your nursing career should not feel restrictive. Rather, it should feel expansive and filled with possibility.
If your career is not at a place of expansion, don't despair. There are places to turn for support, people to lean on, professionals to advise you, and a deep place within you that may have all of the answers you need.
You were meant to fly, not to be boxed in or pigeonholed. Look for the avenues that offer growth and a sense of possibility, and then lean into those places. If one street leads to a dead end, turn around and go elsewhere. The map isn't necessarily predetermined, and the outcome is up for grabs. And sometimes, when the path isn't entirely clear, we create the path by taking the first step.
I wish you the flight of your life. And when you look down at that ocean or river of possibility, know that there's enough abundance for all to experience a nursing career filled with satisfaction, growth, and joy.
Enjoy the ride.