Wherever you go, there you are

Jon Kabat-Zinn said the following in “Wherever you go, There you are”:

“If what happens now does influence what happens next, then doesn’t it make sense to look around a bit from time to time so that you are more in touch with what is happening now, so that you can take your inner and outer bearings and perceive with clarity the path that you are actually on and the direction in which you are going?

If you do so, maybe you will be in a better position to chart a course for yourself that is truer to your inner being- a soul path, a path with heart, your path with a capital P. If not, the sheer momentum of your unconsciousness in this moment just colours the next moment. The days, months, years quickly go by  unnoticed, unused, unappreciated.

No one else can do this job of waking up for us, although our families and friends do sometimes try desperately to get through to us, to help us see more clearly or break out of our own blindness. But waking up is ultimately something that each one of us can do only for ourselves. When it comes down to it, wherever you go, there you are. It’s your life that is unfolding”.

I have used these words at our Multi-Disciplinary Meeting on Tuesdays at the Hospice and have found that when not only applied to myself and my own life but also encouraged patients to apply it to there’s that, there has been a change in their perception of things and themselves, and the situation which they face and, all of us will one day journey upon.

I have shared these words at the Hospice Multi-Disciplinary Meeting on Tuesdays and also with patients.  I have found that they encourage people, including myself, to reconsider how they perceive themselves and the situation which they face.

It is at these times that I have been encouraged to stay within the role as a social worker in Specialist Palliative Care as it encapsulates for me the very purpose in which I came into the profession in the first place.

To effect change and development in a person’s dilemma and reality through encouragement of their strengths and being is a very wonderful gift.

We all face very difficult and awful situations but the wonder of life is that these can be overcome.  Even when facing the final journey there are still obstacles and hurdles which need to be overcome and as a SW I feel very privileged to be asked to accompany a patient on such a journey.

James Neil
Social Worker
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

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