Narrative Nursing

Life Is Too Short… NOT!

(guest post by Taylor Lunin)


We all know the saying, “life is too short ______” –


“Life is too short to not do something you love.”

“Life is too short to not have fun.”

“Life is too short to not eat chocolate.”


With the exception of the latter, because, I mean, there’s never been an excuse in my book to not eat chocolate, I think these quotes are lacking.

Are they said in good intentions? Yes, of course. Is life extremely short in the long-term, big picture of our universe? Yes, of course. But, my life and my time spent here, I don’t believe, is so short. To me, life can be really, really long.

Life ends up being short, when we find that we spent all of our time living elsewhere other than the moment. When we’re planning for tomorrow, or reflecting on yesterday, it’s easy to find ourselves at the end of the road, not remembering even how we got there. But, when actively living, actively doing so, the moments created can be a seemingly almost endless amount.

Lots can be created by putting one foot in front of the other and appreciating each step taken; by actively being alive and living.

Sometimes, it really can just be the simple parts of the journey that end up mattering the most. Here are a few of my thoughts on our time here –


“Life is too long to not do something you love, every single day.”

“Life is too long to do anything but make yourself happy.”

“Life is too long to not eat chocolate.”


What are your views on time spent “here?”

What makes it go too quickly? Too slowly?

How do you find ways to stay in the moment?


New Year Resolutions – In March

Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe


Did you start January with a lot of determination to “do things right?”

Did you boycott resolution making and all the hoopla?

I believe firmly that each day, each morning, each moment each breath, is a very real opportunity to start over.

This is a time of year where many of our thoughts are turning toward making things new.


Is there something on your mind, in your heart, that you believe you need to focus on? How do you go about setting personal goals?



I Can’t Believe I Said THAT!!!

Does your mouth ever run away with you?


I think most of us have had this experience. It can be especially mortifying for certain professions… ie public speakers, news anchors, healthcare professionals!


Share one of your favorite stories!
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Changes Ahead!


The 13th of this month is “Daylight Savings Time.” I always wondered how some states simply choose not to participate!


Changes can be exciting. They can definitely be good! (Of course not ALL changes are for the better!) But even under the best conditions – changes can be stressful.


Sometimes I would like a “choose not to participate” option. Of course – I would have missed out on many good things if I would have avoided all the changes I found uncomfortable.


How do you cope with change when it’s “good.” What about when it’s bad? Write today about “change.”

Write It On Your Heart…

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo EmersonCollected Poems and Translations



Ahh. Great advice from the poets.

Agree? Disagree?

How do you learn from today if you forget it so quickly?

Please talk about this….


Not So Silent Killer

We know stress is the root of so many illnesses. We see the result of it every single day. We see the bodies. We see the faces.

It’s so easy to hear the words – to say the words, “manage your stress levels.”

It’s a much more difficult thing to do…

How does it make you feel when you see someone drowning in stress and you have to encourage him or her to find balance… do you have advice? Wisdom? How do you handle your own stress?2016224 - picture


I love hearing the funny stories of nurses. More often then not – they involve someone doing something with (or without!) someone, somewhere they should not be!

Share one of your favorite “romantic escapade” stories! No names, etc (duh!), and, well, let’s keep it PG

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First Love

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Ahh the blush of first love. When you couldn’t wait to talk about, or to, that special someone. When the world was bright and everything felt perfect…

Most of us were drawn to healthcare as a profession like a “first love.”

Do you remember that? What it felt like to walk on to a floor the first time? The flutters of clinicals? The blush of excitement when you realized you really “helped” a patient?

The deep sense of knowing you “made a difference.”

Today take some time to think about, then write about – why you first loved the profession of healthcare.

Protect Your Heart – Or Don’t

A friend lost a much loved pet today. She called weeping.

In-between sobs she said, “I know it’s the cost of loving – it just hurts right now.”


We are given conflicting advice sometimes as caregivers.


“Don’t get to close.”

“When you stop caring – get out of the profession.”

“You’ll never survive if you care too much.”

“You better treat each one like family.”


How do you find a balance for your own life?

Are some days better than others?

What works well for you?

What are your struggles?

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Lessons In Unlikely Places

Do you know anyone that often seems to choose to learn lessons the “hard way?”

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I’ve done that myself a time or two (or three or… whose counting…).

It might be a potentially effective teacher, but I’m happy to say I’d just as soon learn a different, less painful way when given an option!

Still, I’m a big believer that we can learn from anything we encounter. Good, bad, ugly, humorous. If we willing to look for the lesson – we will find it!

Write today about an on the job event that was an unlikely teacher in your life.