With COVID-19 lurking around every corner we could all use a bit of comic relief. It’s still completely legal to have a laugh with family and friends, watch a funny YouTube video (never thought I’d hear myself say this one 😉) and read a humorous book.
Speaking of books, I just finished reading an oldie but goodie, “Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse’s humor is intelligent, biting and hilariously British. While it helped me to escape the concerns about the coronavirus for a brief time, one of the passages brought me right back to thoughts of COVID-19: “It pretty nearly always happens that Fate sidles up and shoves on something else, as if curious to see how much the traffic will bear.”
For most of us, 2020 was off to a fantastic start and then fate sidled up and shoved something really big our way. Wodehouse’s quote is a favorite because it reminds me just how strong, creative and resilient RNs are. After all, who’s borne more traffic than nurses?
While none of us know when we will beat COVID-19, we do know we will and if Wodehouse is right, something new will come along to worry about. And our strength, creativity and resilience will rise up to meet the new challenge. This is the stuff called life and this is what we’re made of.
My heart is breaking for all of the nurses on the frontlines, but one thing I know for sure is that I have never been prouder of my nursing colleagues than at this moment in time. My motto, “We are Nurses and We Can Do Anything®” has taken on new meaning during these tragic times.
Be safe and stay healthy,
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD
P.S. Comment and share how humor is helping you throughout this crisis.