Loving What You Do

I love being a nurse. I have loved it every single day of the 30+ years I have been in it. Not because the work was always easy or because I always felt appreciated or recognized for my efforts. But rather because I have always known, in a very deep and fundamental way, that I… [Continue..]

Create a Nursing Tapestry

When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up… [Continue..]

Why Me?

When we go through difficult times, it is easy to feel sorry for ourselves and ask, “Why me?” This type of thinking creates resistance and only causes more pain and anguish. Instead, try to ask yourself, “What are the lessons I need to learn here?” or “How can I grow from this experience?” Buddhism teaches… [Continue..]

Humble Yourself to Learning

Some people want to quit as soon as something seems hard or they can’t do it perfectly right away. But there is arrogance in that thought process—to think that you could become really good at something with minimal effort, time, or experience. Humble yourself to learning and you’ll eventually become an expert.   ©Donna Cardillo.… [Continue..]

Don’t Wait for Perfect

Don’t wait for circumstances to be perfect before moving forward in your life; they never will be. And so much can happen while you’re waiting. Live your life while you have the chance. No one’s path is smooth or without obstacles. ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Develop Your Spiritual Life

Pema Chodrin says it is through spiritual practice that we are learning to make friends with ourselves and our lives. Work to develop a rich spiritual life through meditation, yoga, prayer, spending time in nature and so on. Read spiritual books, take courses, go on retreats. Get in touch with your true nature. This is… [Continue..]

Say Your Prayers

Prayer is communication with the Divine. It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is expressed, it is never in vain.   ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Change Your Energy

Negative words, thoughts and actions create negative energy for you and those you direct them towards (including yourself). Think twice before you do any of them. Substitute something positive (actions, thoughts, words) even if you have to force yourself to do it. Your energy will change.       ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Fill the Well

Self-care for nurses is not pampering, a luxury, or an extravagance. Plain and simple, it is routine maintenance for the body, mind, and spirit. If you’re not actively engaging in it, you are not working to your highest potential. Even worse, you are on a fast track to burnout and worse. When you neglect yourself,… [Continue..]

Zen and the Art of Nursing – Seven ways to make the most of each workday

The word “Zen” is often bandied about. Although many definitions of Zen exist, it’s simply the art of being present in everything you do, giving full attention to each action, each interaction, each task. Unfortunately, we often are mentally on to the next thing before we have finished what we’re currently doing, thus shortchanging the… [Continue..]