Friday, March 6, 2015

friday reflections

The Friday Reflections prompt that spoke to me today was this one:
Reflect on the week just gone, listing one high point, one low point, and something you have learned.

Human beings are, for the most part, not solitary by nature.  I'm not saying we don't need time alone, but we are social for the most part and want to belong to or be with others.

I have belonged to a wonderful small blogging group for about 2 years or more now.  Diverse in viewpoints and styles, we are scattered across the globe.  Belonging to the group has added a lot of meaning to my life.  I have been mostly inactive for many months now in that group, as I pursued another goal.  I popped in from time to time, read their posts from time to time, and tried to maintain at least a thread of contact until life returned to normal for me.  They were always supportive, even as my creativity dried up so I could focus on the analytical, nursing side of my brain.

I'm a registered nurse for many years now, and last August I decided to pursue certification as a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse.  Although I still have the certification exams facing me (three of them!), the high point for me last week was receiving this in my email inbox:

After all those months, a large amount of money put into the course, and three comprehensive finals that about scared the pants off me, I passed!  Normally I don't blow my own horn, but darn I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.  And the learning experience and knowledge I gained as I completed the theory and practicum (clinical component) was invaluable.

So my low point this past week was the exhausting 7 hours of comprehensive finals I had to pass, and the high point was the email saying it had all paid off.  I've learned that no matter what your age, you should never stop pushing yourself, and reaching that bit beyond your comfort zone for the prize just almost, but not quite, out of reach.  And never give up! 

Now if I can just pass the certification tests...

Have any of you ever experienced extremes of high and low points in the same week?  Life is weirdly wonderful right now...and I am ready to rejoin my wonderful blogging group, and the people who have been so supportive of me.  Thanks PBAUs! may be weird, but life is still good. ~cath
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  1. Welcome back Cathy! And congratulations :) That's an amazing achievement. Thanks so much for joining us, and sticking around the PBAUS crew. I look forward to reading you again xxx

  2. THanks Janine, it feels great to be back! Thanks to you and my fellow PBAUs for hanging in there with me!

  3. Really loved what you wrote about no matter what our age is we should never stop pushing ourselves, I did for years and now I am back to pushing myself it has been so rewarding and it sounds like you have had the same experience. I am also a nurse, although now focussing on being a writer and life guide, I know how much we put into practical and theory studies to reach our goal as a nurse, so congrats!!!!!! Thank you so much for joining us, really loved finding out more about you , love Mackenzie xx #Fridayreflections

    1. Thanks Mackenzie I am so glad I chose this point and place to jump back in! There is a saying that all things happen for a reason, and so many times in my life I find that to be true. Although sometimes it may not be apparent at first, things have a way of working out for the best for me, and serendipitous things happen when I go with the flow. :D I look forward to the adventure ahead!

  4. Hi Cathy as I read your post I saw an uncanny similarity with my own Friday Reflection - comfort zones! I totally agree with your belief that you should never stop pushing yourself, and it's a wonderful feeling of personal achievement when you feel the success that this brings. Congratulations! I have recently re-trained as a teacher and totally empathise with the demands of extending yourself, keep at it, the flame of learning should never go out!

    1. I saw the same thing as you in the similarities in our posts Lisa! Congratulations to you too, and also on that amazing adventure you had! I've never stopped learning since I opened my first book, and this latest achievement is just another step in my journey. Although this WAS a big step! Thanks so much for your encouraging words.