Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Five - Connecting

Today's Friday Five seems especially important since I have been reflecting on the importance of relationships (the good, healthy, life-giving kind!), especially from a professional perspective. And if I'm not making a ton of sense or have lots of typos, I'm coming off call and this will be followed by a nap!

Self: Who was your hero/heroine when you were about ten years old? I honestly have no idea. I was ten in 1995 and really didn't start to understand the concept of hero/heroine until I was much older.

Family: Who are you most like? Who is most like you? I am probably most like my mother. I really don't know if anyone is like me. I guess the dog!

Friends: How do you stay in touch? Facebook is the easiest way, especially now that I have friends all over the world! E-mail is also helpful. I don't do a very good job of actually writing letters, but I should work on that!

Neighborhood, Community: What are ways you like to be involved? I'm still trying to figure out where I fit into life in Alabaster since neither of us work here and we don't have kids or go to church here. We do try to get together with a couple of sets of neighbors periodically, and that has been really nice but there isn't much consistency with that.

Job/church: Do you see a need that will help in developing connections? The need for care of patients, family, and staff has been a great opportunity to build relationships. I think the need for continuity and presence also has opened some doors. I'm looking forward to the things that are to come!

Bonus: Until last night, I don't think I had realized exactly how important it is to have connections outside the "norm". I've been thinking a lot about making connections, not just with individuals but also within groups. You have to have both. I am so grateful for all the people I have gotten to know at the hospital. A few I have known for a lot of my life (some I didn't even realize worked here!) and some are new but just as dear. I am so grateful for having these persons that I can support and who can also support me!


  1. Although I long for deeper connections with folks in my life, I truly enjoy the people I "know." Through them I feel connected to a large world, different experiences, and also perspectives. It keeps me from stagnating and rotting in my own corner of the world!

  2. it sounds to me like you work in a hospital, where yes, connections are vital. blessings to you and all you do.

  3. I liked the connection you felt with this topic concerning relationships. It seems like God is opening you to the reality of the ways we are connected in all sorts of places and different situations, esp. at the hospital!

  4. What Jan said! Hope it happens...I am not liking my own current feeling of disconnect. Gotta find better ways....sigh.