Mother Teresa's Wisdom
By Carol J. Mulvihill, Editor of Connections Quarterly
only small things with
Being in the nursing profession, we are in a
unique position which
to do many small things for the comfort and
care of those in need of our services.
There are so many little things which often go unnoticed by others, but
are so important to the patients we serve. When done with love and
compassion, those small things are transformed into something
wonderful, priceless, and intangible.
Whether on the streets of Calcutta, or in the college health service
which we work, we can make an effort to do the small things with great
love. How? ...by warmly greeting each person who comes to the health
by looking into each person's eyes and listening attentively to
his or her complaint...by taking time
with each one...by treating discourtesy with kindness...by treating
hurriedness with patience...by dispensing loving kindness, gentleness,
and every one who
comes into our
presence, especially those who are the hardest to love.
Looking at pictures of Mother Teresa reminds me that just
the love in her eyes is enough to bring comfort and healing. And perhaps
love is the very thing that those who are hurting need the most.
"There is a terrible hunger for
in our lives--the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to
recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them.
Love them. ---Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God
speaks in the silence of the heart. Speak tenderly to them. Let there be
kindness in your face,
in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have
a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart
Another of my favorite quotes from Mother
Teresa is this one:
"At the moment of death we will not be judged according to
the number of good deeds we have done or by the diplomas we have received
in our lifetime. We will be judged according to the love we have put into
I've made it my goal for this year to do "small things with
love." Perhaps it is a worthy goal for all of us.
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