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To Thine Own Self Be True

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It's been a while since I "checked in" so I thought I would let everybody know I am still alive. As many of you know I left nursing for other opportunities and am now doing work in advanced 3D Medical Imaging (research, development and application). Today I was contacted by a firm in California that had a client who needed consultation services in my particular research focus area. After checking out the validity of the firm I agreed to provide consultation services to their client. At that point I was told the client was willing to pay $200.00 an hour for my services as that was the going rate for emerging technology consultations and would I agree to that rate? It didn't take long for me to reply. Yeah Baby!

This brings me to my point. I have noticed on these boards an occasional debate about the value of higher education. I have labored long and hard in health care for many years, both in the trenches and in the so called ivory tower. Looking back now I realize that neither experience was more important than the other and that this "well rounded" background has probably contributed much to my current success.

So for those of you who have put up with my occasional rants I thought it important to bring you up to date and perhaps you too can benefit from this insight. Success can be measured in many ways (financial, personal, achievement, etc.) but I can honestly say it is up to us to decide what makes us happy. As William Shakespeare once said "To Thine Own Self Be True." Other people, events and things can contribute to the adversity we may experience from time to time but at the same time when we overcome that adversity the joy we experience is quite wonderful, a wonderful thing indeed.

Keep the faith and find time enough for love. It's worked for me.

-HBS

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Success can be measured in many ways (financial, personal, achievement, etc.) but I can honestly say it is up to us to decide what makes us happy. As William Shakespeare once said "To Thine Own Self Be True."

So very true...and another example of why one should study Shakespeare! :chuckle

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thank you hb.

often in our laborious journey in defining what makes one successful, we overlook those very sentiments that you shared. it sounds like you've found a good life for yourself. bravo hb. and that picture is awe-inspiring.

may peace stay with you.

leslie

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Thank you for your kind and encouraging remarks. They are most appreciated.

-HBS

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HB

How fabulous for you to have gotten such an exciting opportunity! Thanks for the down to earth reminder too! You are right, money isn't a bad measure of success, but it is most certainly not the only measure or the best measure! The satisfaction of knowing that I have eased someone's pain, the smile of that new mom, the peaceful passing of the hospice patient, the thrill of watching my spinal cord injured pt take 3 steps -- those are the true measures -- the ones that keep me going! Sometimes one "thank you" keeps me going for through weeks of nastiness. The paychek feeds the family, the other stuff feeds the soul!

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