LETTER

Thank goodness for goodness' sake

Posted 4/15/21

To the Editor:

In these politically polarized, stressful economic, and sickening times which test our humanity toward one another, it is refreshing and reaffirming that there are those …

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LETTER

Thank goodness for goodness' sake

Posted

To the Editor:

In these politically polarized, stressful economic, and sickening times which test our humanity toward one another, it is refreshing and reaffirming that there are those who devote their daily lives to assist their sisters and brothers with patience, passion and devotion, their singular mission to relieve the suffering of fellow travelers. I talk of those health care professionals, maintenance and transport providers, food servers, nurses, doctors, caseworkers, clerics and technicians at our local hospital.

I have read much of their selfless commitment but witnessed it first-hand this past week during a personal medical emergency.  I observed an army of such individuals, each of whom made me feel as though I was the most significant being on the planet. During the course of treatment, we struck up insightful conversations in which a technician shared how he resourcefully had to adjust to a sitting position when administering tests due to repetitive motion injury, the nurse who found peace after a 14-hour shift by brushing her horse after work, the over-worked aide who shared humorous anecdotes while wheeling me through the tunnel. Each remained steadfast never wavering from their objective, bolstering their task with an ample dose of cheerful kindness in spite of perilous circumstance or provocative patient.

How do they do it day after day without becoming hardened or jaded? I could not help but conclude – goodness for goodness’ sake – a lesson that we could all review as a model for human maintenance.

No, it won't be the lead story on the evening news or front page headline, or network breaking news, but it’s comforting to know that such human compassion is alive and well.

Upon discharge, an attendant who straps on her mask every day, smiled, looked up, and stated, “Hope you enjoyed your stay.  Visit us again when you can stay longer.”

Goodness for goodness’ sake – not a bad formula – count me in.

Stephen Andolfo

Warwick

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