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Special Care

A special "Hello" and welcome to my world. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I've been a little out of synch recently. For the past few years I've been posting The Seed, a quote about something I find interesting and/or important, every other Monday. On Thursday of that week I elaborate on it in The Bloom. Every other week in between, on Wednesdays, I've been posting The Care with an emphasis on health and wellness. Last Wednesday would have been a new Care, however I truly felt like I had nothing to say. This week the "schedule" says I'd be putting out The Seed followed by The Bloom ... yet this is where we are. More accurately, this is where I am. "Lecturing" or teaching you or anybody is not an option. Even sharing my POV or opinion doesn't feel right. I'm finding myself in the middle of so many questions.

  • What can I offer that will help?

  • What does it mean to have regrets?

  • Is guilt a form of narcissism?

  • What's the difference between expert and genius and do either really exist?

  • How can I honor my life while I'm still living?

This is just a random sampling of my mind lately. Maybe it's a sign of age although I think these queries could be coming up at any time. It's just happening for me at this particular point in my evolution which also happens to be the 74th year of my life. 

There are a few things I know and one of them is the importance of getting back in connection with nature and the natural world. As humans, I don't believe we've respected this amazing ecosystem that is always trying to support us even as we trash it and dishonor it. 

Another awareness with which I'm grappling as an RN is how our medical system is getting further and further away from creating health. I'm a mother-baby nurse and often, one of the areas of care in a hospital in my department is called the Special Care Nursery. I've always wondered about that since there is usually a Newborn Nursery and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), too. Don't they all provide "special" care to their little patients?!? At the same time, I love the concept and I think it might be what it all boils down to -- how can we start living as if all care is both special and essential?

If you're still with me, I appreciate the company. I'm not sure how this will all work itself out. As a first step, I have decided to only post every other week. I still haven't decided if it will be something along the lines of The Seed and The Bloom or something else entirely. I'm doing this for the summer to start. Let's see where it takes me. I'd love to have you along for the ride. I'd also really like to have more of a dialogue -- in fact, I think it's going to become necessary. When I send out the invitation for a conversation, I hope you'll accept. 

Thank you for all your support and for simply "being" there. I love you,


Diva Mama B

aka The Mindful Maven

aka Mistress of Meditation

aka Ruby Redslippers


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager whose mission is to co-create a happier, healthier life with and for others.

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