Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life….
Today I got a little sentimental about Prince. Or whatever symbol he was for that crazy period of time. Prince was one of the huge artists from my childhood, and maybe yours as well? Or maybe you are a new grad and your MOM listened to Prince. Either way. Prince is awesome. Was. SADNESS! My sister had a poster of him tacked to the ceiling and now he is dead.
And way too young, I would like to add.
This is going to be a pretty short blog. I was singing Purple Rain this afternoon, like half the planet. I got teary over the Google Doodle….and had to listen. Then I got to the part of the song that goes like this…
Maybe it applies to all of us. It’s not like I am taking a song from 1984 and making it some mystical thing…. I just thought that it was relevant to us. Because it IS time that we all reach out for something new. Unity. The old, awful lines that divide this profession are so destructive. And for that matter, the old arguments that divide this nation should be relegated to ancient history. These fossils which prevent change in our profession need to die. Let it start with you. End the racism, sexism, destructiveness, divisiveness, persecution, general ridiculousness and cruelty with you. Do not perpetuate everything that is wrong just because it has always been done this way.
Let change start with you.
I will leave you with a quote from my favorite Prince song. It seems extremely appropriate to nurses:
Why do we scream at each other? This is what it sounds like when doves cry.
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