I have not forgotten, nor have I decided to quit doing the Name That Abstracts. So for those of you who enjoy them, I do too, and stay tuned. Maybe next weekend I’ll put some more up for you. I’ve just been concentrating on other things lately. I have a final exam in my MSA class this coming Tuesday and spent a lot of study time today until I had to go make dinner.
Things have been pretty good overall…have had a few setbacks personally, but nothing worth mentioning. It’s all good. That’s life after all…hills and valleys. School’s going pretty well and I’m still excited about it, and really look forward to reaching the finish line with that. 3 months down (almost) and 5 more to go with that. Then it still won’t be completely done til I take my exam (and PASS it), and get my license and am actually employed with it. But it seems that God has made a way for this to happen, and I am very grateful and just keeping my eyes focused on the end result.
One of our classes right now is Oriental class. It goes into Eastern forms of healing and medicine, which is very different than the Western philosophy. The Western philosophy is that if something’s wrong, you treat what the problem is. The Eastern philosophy is that the body and soul are all connected, and if something’s wrong with the body, you treat the whole person.
We were just talking about the elements of nature…you know, fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. Mine came out to be fire yesterday. That sort of surprised me, but it was an overwhelming lead over the rest, which were all pretty balanced. Actually, 3 of the others were the exact same number, and the lowest one was wood, which was only one number lower than the others. I’m kind of skeptical about some of that stuff, but it’s all very interesting.
Anyway, the one for fire has to do with fame, and attention, and temper flare ups and strength…things like that. It surprised me as I said, (notwithstanding the temper thing which is obviously true…as you know if you read my last article). But my family and home and relationships have always been so much a priority with me, which are supposedly strong in other elements. The instructor did said that they change at different times. And that makes sense to me, because right now in my life…this is my time. I’m actually doing something for me…setting aside other things and focusing on my own goals. That doesn’t mean by any means that my family and friends and aren’t important to me. Just that I’m focused on this goal for me more than anything else right now. And I think that’s okay. The interesting thing is that this field that I’m working on is a helping profession…so it’s not something selfish by any means. What I would love doing when I finish and get licensed is working with people in hospice care, and the elderly. I look forward to it. If you’ve ever visited a nursing home and seen those elderly patients who often are sort of abandoned by family…the thought of providing any kind of healing touch for them, or for others who are sick and just awaiting that last breath…that’s what I want to do.
I still remember sitting with my mother when she was in hospice. She was gasping for air…had been for so long that when she finally did pass away, I tried to close her mouth and couldn’t. But her breathing was very distressed. I sat with her and read from the Bible to her, and softly sang. You could visibly see her breathing ease while I was reading or singing, even though she was unconscious. And it meant so much to me to be with her during that time. I have a heart for that, and I hope that someone will for me, if I ever reach that stage of life and am in that situation.
Anyway, I guess I should get to bed soon now. Busy day tomorrow. Grace is singing with the kids at church in the morning, and she doesn’t know it yet, but her daddy and stepmom and brother and sisters are coming. They wanted to surprise her. She’s going to be very surprised and very pleased.
Love and blessings, and a good night to all,