Chaos and your True North

There is a photo on Facebook today in my feed that shows a sunflower growing through a tiny crack between bricks. There is absolutely nothing, except pulling it out or spraying weed killer that will stop that flower from flourishing in that unlikely space. Are you like that flower or do you feel like your direction is wavering with all the chaos we are experiencing in our lives and country?

I have a friend who is a religious leader in the Catholic Church. As a non-Catholic, I rely on him to help me understand the chaos around the latest accusations and revelations of clergy abuse. I mentioned how hard it must be to keep your perspective during all this craziness. His response was something I will always envy and respect. I’m paraphrasing, but the gist was that “no one could cause him doubts or consternation with his faith and spiritual practice because he was steadfast in his beliefs.” In spite of all the allegations, poor choices, lack of transparency and cover-ups, his direction and “true north” remained the same.

I’m not sure many of us can say the same. Some of us don’t have a true north. We don’t really know or recognize what we believe in; no matter what. My true north has changed as I have aged. Relationships have ended and new ones begun because of my true north values. Do you know what you believe during chaos? Do you have a true north to look to for reassurance and direction?


Posted by Susan Odegaard Turner – MentorRN


About Turner Healthcare
As CEO and founder of the consulting firm, Turner Healthcare Associates, Inc. since 1993, Dr. Turner continuously implements the skills gleaned from over thirty five years of experience in the healthcare field. She began her career as a registered nurse in a Critical Care Unit and Emergency Department. She has served in top management roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, for various hospitals throughout Southern California. Dr. Turner was also appointed the first Statewide Nursing Officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor for the UCLA Graduate School of Nursing, Moorpark Community College, and has served as the Health Career expert for for six years. Currently, Dr. Turner provides career coaching, planning, and advisement. She specializes in helping young adults seeking healthcare careers and individuals in transition, such as older RNs. In addition to her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, she holds a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master's of Business Administration from California Lutheran University. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration from California Southern University. Her doctoral dissertation discussed the ramifications of clinical re-engineering of nursing services in the 1990’s. Dr. Turner is the author of numerous articles in national healthcare journals as well as the “The Nurse’s Guide to Managed Care,” and “The Nursing Career Planning Guide,” both published by Jones-Bartlett.

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