Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write for the ACTION and/or ADVENTURE Genre (11/13/14)
- TITLE: Safer Than A Known Way
By Shanta Richard
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
dark unknown following a dream is what adventure means
to me. As a teenager I read about Florence Nightingale,
and my dream to be such a nurse was formed
in my heart. Since I could not get my father's approval
it just remained a dream.
Forty years later I came to the US and suddenly the
dream came alive.Despite all hurdles I determined to
achieve my goal. I decided to overcome each obstacle as
it surfaced with prayer and perseverance.
I had done my schooling in India where the British
education system was followed. Hence the English
I knew was not the same as in the US.
The spelling, pronounciation and sometimes even
the meaning was different. I didn't know or understand
slang. I was so naive that I imagined ass-hole to mean
a tunnel in a hill through which the donkey
caravan passed! And I learnt that there were no dogs in
I had to learn to drive a car. The hardest difficulty was
to keep in the lane.Finally I figured that if I kept the
steering wheel within the lines on the roadI could keep
the car in the lane. I had never seen snow in India. and
I wassurprised that a car could skidd on ice or wet
leaves even at a speed of 5mph.
Eventually I graduated as a Registered Nurse. Now,
atlast I can achieve my dream. I will lovingly care for
my sick patients, clean and wash them, make their beds,
take their vital signs, give their treatments and medicines.
I was blissfully unaware of the wide awakening I was in for!!
On my first day of orientation I happily followed my Nurse
Administrator to my ward. I was intrigued that the wards
had locked doors. Mine had two "This is the Secure ward
for male patients," my boss said as we entered into
what seemed like a community room.
There were about 20 grown big men,some were walking
around, some were watching TV., some were laughing
and talking to themselves, some lookedfierce and some
sad and depressed.. Contrary to my expectations none of
them were in bed - far from it!
In desperation I prayed,
"Oh, dear God, this is not the kind of nursing I wanted
to do - this is defenitelynot my dream, so if this is your
will please help me to deal with it. Give mewisdom and
patience not only to do my duty but also to care for
these men. Protect me from harm and please dont let
me get hurt."
It was God's grace that helped me work in that
Institution and to really learn to love my patients and
my job. He taught me to be humble, kind and
sweet tempered despite all my stress and fatigue.
It was not easy but waspossible only because He was
with me all the time. I understood the meaning
of those words by an unknown author:
"Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the
hand of God and that shall be to you better than light
and safer than a known way."
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.