Joyce Marie Sheldon

Joyce Marie Sheldon, known affectionately as “Joy,” is the author of the hospice-endorsed book, From Fear to Faith, a Caregiver’s Journey. This book has become the basis for her many workshops and retreats which she presents across the country to hospice staff, volunteers and family caregivers. Known as an inspirational speaker who leads with her heart, attendees at her events leave renewed and refreshed, eager to return to the sacred mission of caring for those at the end of life. You can learn more about Joy at MyJoyToday.com, or on Facebook. She can be reached at joy (at} myjoytoday (dot) com.

A Love Letter – “You Are The Light of Hospice” – by Joyce Sheldon

Joyce Sheldon

A Love Letter I know who you are! It was you who helped care for my dying husband with such amazing kindness and compassion.  It was you who helped me to see things that I couldn’t see – or perhaps I…

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A Hospice Nurse Believes

This is an on-going series for Nurses; however, the words are appropriate for everyone – they are simple words and the messages are easy to interpret and to incorporate into one’s daily life. A Hospice Nurse Believes ~ Because of…

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A Very Special Series for Hospice Nurses

Join me each week for a special inspirational piece written to provide validation for the role of the Hospice nurse and inspiration for their spirits as they tend to the needs of those at the end of life.

 

A Hospice Nurse is Aware ~

In those first quiet moments of dawn, before your feet even hit the floor, the subconscious mind of the nurse is analyzing the type of day which lies ahead. You are scanning your appointment book, your to-do list. You are creating a picture of what your day as a nurse will be like.

In these precious moments, it is beneficial for you to become AWARE also of the spiritual tool necessary to live the moments of your day in peace and fulfillment. Is this a day when you will be faced with difficult decision making regarding a patient or co-worker? Then the spiritual tool you need is courage. Are you already stressed by the people with whom you work or interact? The spiritual tool you need is patience. Are personal issues at home – perhaps a troubled child or financial problems – occupying your mind and keeping you from being present on the job? The spiritual tool you need is focus.

AWARENESS of your daily spiritual needs is comparable to writing in a day planner. It makes good sense to be prepared. Just as you take your portfolio to a meeting or prepare your physical tools for a project, so too, prepare your spiritual tool box for the day.

Become consciously AWARE of what it is that will assist you during the day.

ASK FOR IT! Asking can be a simple prayer spoken in your heart or whispered out loud. Your voice will give substance and power to your prayer and the sacred echo will surround you. Keep a notepad handy and write down the spiritual tool you are asking for – just one word (or two, if you need more tools!) and carry the paper with you.

ACCEPT the spiritual tools as blessings of which you are worthy. You were not meant to walk the journey alone or without the proper assistance. Walk in consciousness and be AWARE that the tools are at your fingertips because you have asked for them. Be faithful to this belief.

AFFIRMATION ~

Today I live my life AWARE ~

AWARE of my surroundings ~
AWARE of the people I meet
and ACCEPTING of the spiritual tools
for which I have ASKED

About the Author

Joyce Marie Sheldon, known affectionately as “Joy,” is the author of the hospice-endorsed book, From Fear to Faith, a Caregiver’s Journey. This book has become the basis for her many workshops and retreats which she presents across the country to hospice staff, volunteers and family caregivers. Known as an inspirational speaker who leads with her heart, attendees at her events leave renewed and refreshed, eager to return to the sacred mission of caring for those at the end of life.

You can learn more about Joy at www.myjoytoday.com and she can be reached at joy@myjoytoday.com

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