To all of the essential workers-
You can only do what you can do.
You are making a huge difference .
You are helping keep things from getting worse.
You were not given any choice in how this virus works.
You can’t control how it impacts a specific person.
Even what feels like a small kindness might be the last kindness someone knows- and THAT is huge.
This will not last forever, but your work will. Every time you hold a hand, or wipe a tear, every time you give someone news – good or bad- the way you do that will be what someone remembers about such a horrific time. You make the ultimate difference in the healing of a family who wasn’t able to be with their loved one. For those who are working in non-medical areas, your work keeps those at home safe. You keep more people from getting sick.
That is one incredible legacy. This one ratty, disabled RN would be proud to stand with you any day of the week. YOU are redefining the industry where you work. And you are not forgotten.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson