we choose

With the photo I chose today I wanted to sing the joys that is a back-lit keyboard because it is literally a joy to see the keys so easily.


I might be late to the party, but people, this literally changed my life and as I have become acquainted with my new laptop over the last six months or so I began to wonder why couldn’t this be possible in my workplace because nightshift nurse problems charting in the dark with a black keyboard. I even brought it up at the last staff meeting when we discussed ways to improve the workplace because it seemed like a great idea…to me…the girl with low vision who is trying to see the keys on her black keyboard in the dark while she is charting…nightshift nurse problems for sure. Some agreed…and some did not…as we do because we do…disagree sometimes. We have our preferences and we do choose…because we can.

This last weekend was a tough one globally.  Many of us reacted in very human ways being human and all because there were 129 dead in Paris, 43 dead in Beirut, 18 dead in Bagdad. There was also a 7.0 earthquake in Japan that triggered a tsunami near Kyushu as well as a 4.3 earthquake in Baja California. Also one can not forget the 147 dead in Kenya…that happened more than 7 months ago. More globally aware people on social media sniffed as they would remind anyone and everyone who dared to change profile pictures with the French flag filter or the Eiffel tower drawing by Jean Julien of these things…these things that are so much more important. The trouble with such presumptions and assumptions of our global myopia is that you are wrong…really…and you make an ass out of you in front of me.

Have to say that has always been my favorite rhyme for remembering commonly misspelled words because it is so true…truly.

“Yes, so much bad happened this weekend…as it does, sadly, almost every day.

But we can choose that which we will focus on.

In that same time period more than 362,000 babies were born.

6,200 couples got married in the United States alone.

Some people met the love of their lives. Some got engaged. There were first dates, first steps, first words. There was laughter and friendship and love. There was moments of joy both big and small.

And here we are. We can choose what we put into the world. Choose love. Choose kindness. Choose joy.

It’s a new week; make it a good one.”

Me, I will choose to keep the French flag overlay on my social media profile because I choose that for now. Tomorrow I will most likely change it to honor World Prematurity Day because that is something VERY important to me too.

And I will choose to lobby for backlit keyboards in the workplace because being able to actually see the keys on the keyboard while charting on my patients in the dark is indeed a nightshift nurse problem.

Thank you, Megan Gordon for such inspiring words that said pretty much what I was feeling.