Thursday, December 6, 2012


“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” 
~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Dear Maricelle, 

I've been sharing this quote with friends and thought it was perfect to commemorate your quarter of a century birthday! I wish I could have taken photos of you when you were here but these photos I stole from your Facebook will suffice. 

Kurt Vonnegut's words echo the sentiment of my daily prayers for you. Working in the health care industry is grueling; even more so as a R.N. I'm equally fascinated and repulsed by your work stories in La Jolla V.A. hospital. The word "tracheotomy" instantly triggers my gag reflex; yet, you speak about it with excitement. Ech! You've transitioned into your role as R.N. with fluent ease that never ceases to appall me. HA! I say that with admiration because I know it takes a special person to fulfill the calling of nurse and enjoy the work they do.

Prayers for work
  • I pray you will never allow the toils of health care to taint your heart with bitterness.
  • I pray your joy in fulfilling your calling will remain steadfast in your heart which will bless the patients you care for. 
  • I pray for discernment to keep your thoughts and mind crystal clear so you continue to make wise decisions in your job duties. 
Prayers for self
  • I pray you will continue to be good to yourself by keeping the wellspring of inner strength overflowing. You can't care for others if you don't take care of yourself first. 
  • I pray your heart will be filled with gratefulness for the blessings that surround you daily. I've learned it doesn't take much to recognize them as long as you look for them. 
  • I pray you will allow yourself to be human, to make mistakes, and to learn from them. It's okay to be imperfect. 
  • I pray you will remember to never allow others to ruin your day. The power you have is in your choices. Choose to have a good day even if everyone around you is miserable, cranky, and hormonal. 
  • I pray you won't be swayed by people with good intentions who rush you into meeting a life goal on THEIR time. Don't rush relationships, love, and procreation. Happiness will be your companion if you listen to your heart. 
Prayers for faith
  • I pray you will pursue God's heart every day as it will sustain you through dark times, uplift you in defeating ones, and encourage you when life is good. 
  • I pray you will never lose your gift of forgiving quickly. I envy that trait in you. 
  • I pray humility will cover your heart as you journey through this chaotic and busy world. 
  • I pray that you will have the courage to face your fears by knowing God will never leave you. He is always there. 
Your twenty-fifth year will bring unexpected surprises and adventures beyond your imagination. Live each day better than you did yesterday. 

I wish you a year filled with prosperity and more joy than you can handle! Happy Birthday!!!!