Come One! Come All!! Please mark your calendars for a “FCNI Members Only Virtual Town Hall Meeting”. As President of FCNI, I am looking forward to hosting this opportunity to connect with you as members, as Faith Community Nurses and care givers who are working to remain positive amid very trying times. This is a new way for connecting within the FCNI organization. There is no set agenda. Those who come to the meeting will set the agenda. You may have to bear with me as this new format of connecting is piloted, but I am looking forward to this opportunity to listen and learn.
Connection to something bigger than ourselves and our work is important. No one is looking for any more work, but at a time where we have been often been disengaged from each other, connection is something that is most important for personal well-being. Hopefully, amidst our discussions there will be some laughter, reminiscing, discussion, support and maybe even some problem solving. Who knows?? Please mark your calendars! Sit back with a cup of tea and let’s engage personally and see how the spirit moves!!
Looking forward to seeing you on May 12th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM CT!
~P. Ann Solari-Twadell RN, PhD, MPA, FAAN
At this time my hope is peace for all, but particularly our brothers and sisters in the Ukraine. Perhaps this prayer is one that represents my thoughts:
A Prayer for Peace
How do we pray for peace from half a world away?
How can words salve and soothe real wounds,
Assuage real fears, Wipe tears from real eyes?
God of endless compassion, transform our prayers
From words into bridges, that span the distances
Between us, uniting our hearts in yours.
Every time we turn our keys in a lock,
May we remember all who are losing their homes.
Every time we step into our cars,
May we remember all who are having to flee.
Every time we embrace our children,
May we remember all who are trying to shield theirs from war.
May our besieged sisters and brothers
Be drawn into the arms of the suffering Christ,
And may our cry be heard as one voice,
Ringing out from every corner of the earth:
God of endless mercy, grant us peace.
P.A. Solari-Twadell RN, PhD, MPA, FAAN
Source for this prayer.
As the pandemic continues to have its way with the lives of people from around the world, we can tend to get weary. The continual sense of threat to well-being, the disruption created in personal lives, relationships and work patterns create a low-level fatigue. Hope for a return to some level of what was considered “normal” fades. With all of this going on about us, it is easy for our resilience to be dismantled.
Another concept that is consistent with resilience is “inner Strength”. Inner Strength is defined as “an internal developmental capacity that supports positive movement through challenging life events” (Roux & Dingley, 2011) as well as “a personal resource that promotes well-being to overcome adversities” (Lundman et al., 2010). For many “inner strength” is otherwise synonymous with their spiritual well-being. Resilience, inner strength and spirituality are very tightly related concepts for many.
If you jive with that understanding, then how can we in these challenging times continue to be active in tending to our spiritual health or spirituality, inner strength and ultimately our resilience? The response is not rocket science, yet often a difficult discipline to sustain. Praying regularly, worshipping with other in services that consist of uplifting song, music and scripture, maintaining a connection with others of like mind who provide meaning and purpose in one’s life, someone to share, pray and laugh with no matter what is going on in the world. Being disciplined in spending “quiet time” each day to read scripture, soul fulfilling literature, and listening carefully “to that still small voice” which may provide direction in one’s “call” is also important in tending to the soul. Also, not to be discounted, diet, sleep and exercise patterns are very significant to creating energy for sustaining a healthy “soul” life.
If you took the time to read this short entry, you could all probably add additional suggestions for how to feed your soul, renew your inner strength and exhibit resilience in life. I welcome any comments, suggestions or thoughts related to this topic as it is essential to our well-being as Faith Community Nurses.
Roux, G., Dingley, C. (2011) Promoting inner strength. In: Lester, J., Schmitt, P. (eds) Cancer rehabilitation and survivorship. Transdisciplinary approaches to personalized care, Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society, pp. 295–304.
Lundman, B., Alex, L., Jonsen, E., Norberg, A., Nygren, B., Fischer, R. S., & Strandberg, G. (2010). Inner strength A theoretical analysis of salutogenic concepts. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47, 251–260. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2009.05.020.
Submitted by P. Ann Solari-Twadell RN, PhD, MPA, FAAN, President of FCNI