“There is beauty to be found in the pain. Life is brutal, but it’s also beautiful. Life is Brutiful.” ~Glennon Doyle
I worked with children and their families for four years in a hospital environment, spending most of my time in the hematology/oncology section.
As a certified Child Life Specialist, I was responsible for preventing and reducing the trauma and stress of hospitalization by using developmentally appropriate play, education, and preparation. Or at least that’s the “elevator pitch” I would provide during small talk and to casual acquaintances at parties.
Truthfully, it’s almost impossible to express the brutal and beautiful experience that comes from walking close beside people in the most trying times of their lives. The families I was able to serve during that time have made a permanent impression on me. They’ve forever changed how I view life.
Six of my most important takeaways.
1. Don’t take anything for granted.
It’s one life’s greatest ironies and also greatest tragedies: that it often takes the removal of a simple pleasure to truly realize its value. Sleeping in a bed that you own. Enjoying the fresh air of autumn ….