During World War II there was a company that made and packed parachutes for the military. Day in and day out the workers packed parachutes. The worked was very tedious and repetitious. The leadership of the plant was quick to recognize the danger of monotony and of the staff losing sight of their focus. So every day the staff was reminded that their job was not to pack parachutes. Their job was to save lives.
Let us not lose our focus with the repetition of patients. Each patient is an opportunity to care.
Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System
I was watching the movie “300” last week with my wife. There’s a very telling moment about a half hour into it. The leader of the Athenian soldiers tells the King of Sparta he hasn’t brought many soldiers. Leonidas (the king) asks three of the Athenians what their profession is. He gets varying responses — sculptor, blacksmith, etc.
He then asks the Spartans “What is your profession?!” and they respond with their war cry. Leonidas looks back at the Athenian commander.
“You see, old friend – I have brought more soldiers.”
When I was growing up in the 60’s it was considered the height of intellectualism to ponder the question “What is the meaning of life.” Personally, I never considered it to be a very deep or profound question. I always understood the matter to be a restatement of the older question, “What’s the most important thing in your life?
Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:17-22)
Simple question, really. “What’s the most important thing in your life?