I work part-time as a paramedic with the local fire department. I pulled a shift there a few days ago and wanted to share a very humbling moment.
There is a young man (almost 18) who comes down to the station almost everyday. He has a learning disability, I'm not sure what it is but if you talk with him for a few minutes it becomes obvious that he is challenged. We know he wants to be a firefighter someday and that he looks up to all of us very much.
the other day I was talking to him and he took a blue ribbon out of his pocket to show me. It was a first place prize in the regional Special Olympics. He told me all about his event and he was literally bursting with pride. I told him to go into the chief's office and show him. Which he did and the chief told him how proud we all were about his accomplishments. I talk with him all the time, but I've never seen that kid happier than he was while we all asked him about taking home 1st place.
There aren't many places of work where people experience powerful moments like this...but in nursing and also public services, we have the privilege of witnessing this from time to time. It makes me thankful for our opportunities and proud to be a part of them. I thought that the reason I was there that day may have only been to see his ribbon and hear about how he won it.
Just wanted to share this brief story, hope it put a smile on someone else's face too.